Brand Spotlight – Natural Instinct Skincare

Natural Instinct is a decade old, Australian skincare brand that is built upon a commitment to naturally derived ingredients and products that are accessible to all and kind on the environment. I was kindly gifted a few products from their extensive range and thought I would share my thoughts

Skin-Refining Cleansing Oil*

Cleansing Oils factor heavily into my skincare regime. They are my preferred method of makeup removal, and I think, one of my favourite products to use. Being an oily lass, I find that an oil cleanser actually regulates my oil production, hydrates the skin and breakdowns every last bit of makeup. I  have been using them for quite a number of years now, so I like to think of myself as a Oil Cleanser Queen (self appointed). It seems that most skincare brands have jumped onto the oil-based cleanser bandwagon now, but ‘oils aint oils‘**. Not all cleansers are created equal and like most skincare, different oils suit different skin types and vary in effectiveness, so it can be a little trial and error to find the right one for you. Natural Instincts Skin-Refining Cleansing Oil contains a cocktail of 6 nourishing oils aimed towards all skin types. It is 100% free of toxic sulphates, petrochemicals and parabens.

The packaging is simple but full of useful information. The oil is  delivered through a pump, which is perfect for application. The formula itself is quite light-weight and smells like sweet orange essential oil. It is easy spread over the face and gets to work breaking down makeup and grime. Once water is added the oil turns milky and washes off well. As with most oil-based cleansers, there is a slight oily film left behind. I then go ahead and use another cleanser, as I prefer to use the double cleanse method. My skin is left really plump and soft, and super fresh. This cleanser doesn’t strip the skin nor is it too heavy, it is the perfect happy medium.  I didn’t notice any extra blocked pores, my skins tone and texture greatly improved with regular use of the Skin Refining cleanser. In summary, the cleanser is light-weight, nourishing, reasonably priced and super effective. I am super happy to report that this little guy worked an absolute treat.

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Plump & Renew Serum*

The Plump & Renew Serum boasts pretty impressive results from their studies.

  • 87% of women achieved a reduction in skin fatigue and stress
  • 57% achieved a visible reduction  of wrinkles
  • 73% of women agreed that it plumed the skin and tightened pores
  • 63% achieved significant improvement with deep moisturising and soothing skin better than a moisturiser alone.

The serum is light and milky and has a subtle floral scent. It does take a little while to absorb, but once it has sunk in the skin feels smooth and hydrated. After prolonged use I did notice that my skin was much more hydrated and plump, plus the overall health of my skin was good. I think that this serum is a great boost of nourishment to skin and works really well with my normal day and night cream. Again, the price point is great for the calibre of the product. Especially when it is Australian made, dermatologically tested and free from any nasties.

Dark Circle + Wrinkle Correction Eye Crème*

I am a little bit forgetful when it comes to eye creams. Although I do suffer from dehydrated and puffy eyes, I haven’t quite gotten into a routine of using eye creams yet. Which is quite foolish, because eyes are usually the a dead giveaway when it comes to ageing. This little beauty promises to lift and firm, while banishing puffiness and dark circles and smoothing out crows feet. Again, through trials and testing Natural Instinct reported impressive results.

  • 25% in wrinkle reduction
  • 93% achieved a rapid wrinkle & dark circle reduction

The tube itself is quite large when it comes to eye creams. The packaging again is simple but states all the important information that is handy to know. The cream is very light-weight and quickly absorbed. It doesn’t leave behind any sticky or oily residue which is great for daytime use. After approximately 5 weeks use, I did notice that my eye area was really hydrated and healthy. The hydration really plumped out the skin, which in turn, reduced the amount of fine lines around the outer edges, and diminished the appearance of dark circles.  This eye cream is easy to use and doesn’t require too much dabbing into the skin and results have been very impressive.

 

Overall, I have really enjoyed the quality and results of the Natural Instinct Skincare products. Natural Instinct stick to their philosophy and create wholesome, natural,  well priced products, that are vegan, cruelty-free and Australian made. Skincare with a conscious. I will definitely recommend Natural Instinct to my friends that family that prefer to only use natural skincare. I will continue to use these and will branch out and test a few more items in their collection.

Have you used Natural Instinct before? What are your favourite natural skincare brands?

 

Take care,

Camille x

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*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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Lush Empties – Quick Review

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I am sure you are all aware of the LUSH container recycling program, I stash mine away util my next visit to Lush to grab a new Fresh Facial Cleanser. I am in the process of moving and came across my empties – There was a lot more there than I expected. I thought it’d be a good post to publish, as I and I’m sure others, find Lush a little hit and miss at times. I want to keep this super simple and quick because there is so many products. I’ll keep my best from rambling and keep reviews short and to the point.

HAIR

Big Shampoo (x2)
The mere fact that there is two of these empties says something. Everything about this I love. It gives my fine hair oomph, it makes it shiny, and goddamn it smells incredible. I will re-purchase over and over.

Retread Hair Conditioner
This doesn’t do much for my hair. The formula is quite-light and not as nourishing on my hair that I had hoped. It smells fresh and reminds me of fruit and yogurt. I would possibly re-purchase for the scent alone.

Marilyn Hair Treatment
This treatment is used to break up brassy tones, provide extra nourishment and the chamomile is used to naturally lighten the hair. I didn’t like this much. The formula is quite thick and my hair felt like it had a greasy film on it. My hair was limp and lack-lustre. There was no difference to the brassiness nor did my hair feel hydrated. I didn’t notice any lightening either. No repurchase for this this one.

Daddy-O Shampoo
A really good purple toning shampoo. It leaves hair really shiny and all yellow tones are removed. Does dry out my hair a touch, but that isn’t hard. A really great natural alternative to my favourite hair toning product. Would spend more cash on Daddy-O.

Rehab Shampoo
Super fresh and fruity shampoo. Dried out my hair and left it with that ‘squeaky’ clean feeling that I really don’t like. My Boyfriend enjoyed this one, however. He may re-purchase, but I wouldn’t.

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment 
Another hair product that missed the mark with me. I wish I would have read more about this product before I used it. I used the whole lot on my hair in one go, next time I’d only use a quarter or so. My hair was covered in a thick hardened mess after letting it sit and process. It took forever to get out of my hair and the results weren’t all that good – It’s a no from me.

Cynthia Sylvia Stout Beer Shampoo
I like this guy. It’s earthy and dark, and makes my hair super silky and shiny. It wasn’t overly drying and lathered up well. A great one for the guys, or those of us who love rich beer-y goodness.

American Cream Hair Conditioner 
This scent is everything! So creamy, soft and feminine but not overly sweet. Exactly like a strawberry milkshake. I had to use a fair bit of this on my hair to keep it happy and healthy, but the fragrance made up for that. I could smell the intoxicating scent for hours and hours afterwards.  Yes to a repurchase.

R&B Hair Moisturiser
Love this fresh scent, it is one of my favourites. As the for the product itself, not great. You are meant to use it as a leave-in conditioner but regardless of how much or how little I use my hair is weighed down, and limp looking. There is no body, life and swishyness. No more spending money on this, thank you.

FACE

Kalamazoo Beard and Face Wash
This was my boyfriend’s. I bought it for his beard, but sneakily used it in the shower to test it out. Cleansed the face nicely and removed makeup well. The scent was very mild but slightly fruity. Kane’s review on the products is  ‘Yeah, it was pretty good.’ – What insight. Possible repurchase when the beard grows back.

Dark Angles Fresh Cleanser
I have bought this time and time again. Perfect for acne-prone and oily skin types. Smells a little like licorice and is jet back in colour. Scrubs away the day with ease and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple but cleansed. Will continue to purchase this black bad boy.

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
Quite an oily cleanser, which makes it ideal for makeup removal. It is a great first step in the double cleansing method. I do like this cleanser, but only for makeup removal. Otherwise, it is difficult to remove and leaves a really oily film on the skin. Probably wouldn’t repurchase as I prefer other oil based cleansers.

Love Lettuce Face Mask
One of my favourite fresh face mask. It smells fresh and feels really nice on the skin. I love the added extra rough bits for exfoliation. Will probably grab another of these as my freebies for returning 5 tubs.

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Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask
I adore this mask, it is probably my favourite thus far. The colour alone is amazing; a bright electric blue. This particular mask is quite grainy which is great for a deeper exfoliation and cleanse. Full of salt and lemons, it smells very beachy. This could possibly be a little too harsh or drying on sensitive skin. But it works perfectly for my grease ball of a mug. A big resounding yes for repurchase from me.

9-5 Cleansing Lotion
Really nice all-round cleanser. Gentle but very effective. Doesn’t strip the skin nor does it leave behind and residue. Quite similar to the Philosophy Purity facial cleanser. Works really well with the Clarisonic and Foreo Devices. Will repurchase.

Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask
Ehhhh, I feel nothing for this mask. It’s not great and it’s not terribly bad. The scent is a little off-putting but I could deal with it if the mask worked miracles – But it doesn’t. It is quite a creamy mask that doesn’t dry down and tends to leave me wanting something extra. I think it would better suited to dry skin types that needs a lot of heavy hydration. I won’t be grabbing this one again.

BODY WASH

So White Shower Gel
Stunning white, shimmery shower gel. Scent is crispy and fresh. Fills the whole bathroom with a beautiful apple fragrance. The body wash doesn’t dry out my skin and cleans like a charm. This little guy is LE but if I see it again I would no doubt repurchase.

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Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub
I’ve bought this one a few times. Really nice is the warmer months. The scent is gorgeous and remind me of eating oranges at the beach. Not my most favourite of body scrubs, but I sure give it a work out. I like to use it to prep for fake tan as there is no oily residue like other salt or sugar based scrubs. I’m sure this one will make its way back into my collection.

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie
I really liked the super moisturising properties of the shower smoothies. Great for very dehydrated skin. Smells of roses, but not sickly sweet nor like my grandmother – A happy medium between the two. Will re-purchase.

OTHER

D’Fluff Shaving Soap
I see absolutely no use in shaving cream and soaps. I actually find the idea quite gimmicky and a little bit redundant, to be brutally honest. I confusingly ended up with 3 different shaving products somehow. Out of the three, I liked this one the best. It smells like strawberry shortcake and the whipped formula spreads lovely across the skin. It washes it off easily and skin is left nourished and smooth. Wouldn’t purchase again only because of my firm stance on shaving creams.

Dirty Shaving Cream
Did nothing for me – The scent didn’t win me over either. More of a uni-sex fragrance, but it was really mild and almost undetectable. Not for me.

Ambrosia Shaving Cream
Smells really lovely and is a thinner formula than the two shaving products above. Did feel nice on the skin and felt really nourishing. Nice product, but again I find shaving creams pointless.

Vanillary
My absolute favourite everyday perfume. Creamy, buttery, vanillary goodness. I always get complimented on the scent when I wear it. This is probably my 5th bottle and currently have two more on the go. Yes, yes and more yes.If you love vanilla like me, this is for you.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub
I love Lush lip scrubs and like to alternate between this one and Popcorn. They really buff up my lips to plump pillow-y softness. I use this most days in the shower to get rid of dry flakes on my chronically dry lips. Will buy another lip scrub when I am in Lush next.

 

What are you all-time favourite Lush products? What else should I purchase on my next visit.

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

Brand Spotlight – Indeed Labs (REVIEW)

Hello lovely people,

I’m so sorry my blogging has been inconsistent, things have been crazy in my world. I was made redundant at work, and then I wasn’t… But now my role has changed fairly significantly. It has been a huge period of change, frustration and uncertainty, but hopefully I can get things back on track. I have been wanting to talk about Indeed Lab products for a while now because I have absolutely fallen in love.

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Indeed Labs produce science-based skincare solutions that target specific problems. The brand is built upon the basis of high potency, high quality and customer demand. Indeed Labs has been around  for quite a while and I had always been intrigued by the eye-catching packaging. I  gave in a few years ago and purchased the cult product that took the cosmetics industry by storm – Nanoblur. As someone with pores so big you could take a swim in them, I was sold on the idea of skin blurring gel/primer concoction that hides those bad boys. After plenty of trial and error, I found the best way to use Nanoblur was to pat on my nose and cheeks after foundation. It would ball up if it was used prior. Unfortunately it was forgotten about and  found its way to the bottom of my misc. skincare drawer. It wasn’t until I discovered some other Indeed Labs products that this little baby saw the light again. I soon emptied the tube and it is on my list to re-purchase

I have oily skin and have always struggled with moisturisers that are too thick and creamy. They always leave my skin feeling greasy and dirty. I was always under the impression that oily skin didn’t require as much hydration as other skin types and but continued to use them, regardless of how they made my face feel. And then I stumbled across the Hydraluron range. HA is the latest buzz in the beauty industry and there’s good reason for it. Hyrdraluronic Acid secures moisture and encourages skin plumpness and firmness. It is also is able to penetrate the top layer of skin better than most topical treatments, this boosts the benefits and absorption of the skincare products. (Tick, tick and tick). So onto the products…

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Hyrdaluron Serum

This little tube of goodness is amazing. It is a serum that is used a hydration booster, used before your moisturiser. The Indeed Labs website states – “The ultimate serum that starts where your moisturiser stops. Proven to boost moisture levels in your skin daily, it contains the purest form of hyaluronic acid – an incredibly hydrating ingredient that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water – as well as red marine algae – which mildly stimulates blood circulation – to provide maximum delivery of moisture beneath the skin’s surface.” Sounds amazing, right? Well it is. My skin feels instantly smoother, hydrated and soft. There is no excess moisture, and I am not left with a greasy feeling. I am in love. I use this twice a day a really notice the difference.

Hyrdaluron Moisture Jelly

”Hydraluron™ moisture jelly uses a combination of 5 scientifically proven ingredients to provide instant and sustained moisture benefits to the skin’s surface. Suspended in a hyaluronic acid matrix, this refreshing jelly features PatcH20™ – a micro network moisture complex which saturates the skin with fast-absorbing ingredients and helps to form a protective layer to defend against moisture evaporation. With each use, skin feels softer, more supple and glowing. Pair with hydraluron™ moisture boosting serum for optimal results.” This unusual gel has replaced my normal moisturiser. The gel formula feels lovely and light, but the results are heavy-duty. My skin is plump, soft and glowing. I do find that the Moisture Jelly does take a little bit longer to sink in, but that is the only downside  The combination of the serum and gel is absolutely amazing – It has blown me away.  I adore these products. I recently went away for the weekend and only took samples sized products, I noticed the moisture lacking in my skin straight away – I was looking forward to getting home and slathering this all over my face. Indeed Labs also have a Hydraluron Sheet Mask which I am eager to get my grubbly little mitts on.

I have a few other Indeed Labs products that I have used a few times, but haven’t had a good enough trial to able to report back. But these two Hydraluron products are winners.

 

Have you used these? Do you love them as much I as do?

 

Camille x

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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