April Favourites

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April Favourites? That means I have been formally blogging for a month! I am so glad I finally dived in to the world of blogging. My creative juices are flowing and I feel so much more inspired. Life is so hectic, but I have really been loving it. Thank you to all my followers so far and to each and everyone who has taken the time to read my posts. I really really appreciate it. Anyway enough reflection, here are a few bits and bobs that I have been loving this month.

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Swisse – Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask (AU$ 14.99 – $19.99)

I love face masks – Any excuse to take 20 minutes to myself and relax and give my skin a little treat. At any one time I probably have 5 masks on the go and always alternate between them all. But, this little beauty has changed that. I cannot put this down and have been in an exclusive relationship with this masks for almost 4 weeks. I have just about finished the whole pot.  Full of amazing ingredients like soothing aloe vera, antibacterial manuka honey, purifying charcoal and kaolin clay, this mask feels so lovely on the skin. It is super easy to use and you can actually see the mask drawing out impurities as it dries. My skin feels soft, fresh and clean. The formula is smooth and lovely to apply, it even has a faint cherry scent. The Manuka Honey mask has been my introduction to the Swisse Skincare range, and going by the quality and results it won’t be long until I get my grubby mitts on some more.

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Maybelline – ColourBlur Lip Pencil (AU$ 17.95)

Maybelline ColourBlur is a matte lip pencil that was designed to create the ombre look with ease. The pencil is so soft and glides on the lip, I don’t even feel like I am wearing anything. The colours are bright and pigmented and can be built up of for more depth. They are long-lasting and non-drying. At this stage I only have two colours but I will be keeping my eye out for some more.

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Weleda – Skin Food (AU$ 14.95)
How have I not heard of or used this product before? I must have been living under a rock.  Not only has it been around for 90 years, but it is a cult product. Skin Food is absolutely amazing. It is 100% natural and includes beautiful botanaicals and nourishing oils. It is free from parabens, artificial preservatives, colours and fragrances. Skin Food is cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians. Skin Food is suitable for any dry skin – hands, feet, knees and elbows. But many people have found other uses for it. I have read about people using it as a super hydrating face mask, as a natural highlighter and a lip balm among other things. So far I have only used Skin Food on my dry flaky bits and it has won me over on that use alone. I am a chronic sufferer of dry, split skin and cuticles around my finger nails. It has been like this for as long as I remember and nothing has really made a difference. These little splits are painful and get much worse in the cooler months. They crack and bleed in cool windy weather and are the bane of my existence. However, Skin Food has so far really made a difference.  The spilts heal up far quicker than before, they are less painful and I actually think the amount of sores has decreased.  The cream itself smells incredible – A bit of an aromatherapy experience. It is thick, but surprisingly absorbs instantly. Skin is left hydrated, soft and smooth. I have already gone through a whole 30ml tube and have just repurchased another one. I have the feeling that this little guy will be with me for a long long time.

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Loreal – Lumi Magique (AU$ 34.95 )

I am a bit behind on this product. I have heard bloggers rave about Loreal Lumi Magique for such a long time, but this product never interested me.  I used to be all about foundation with a matte finish. I would imagine using a dewy finish would leave me looking like an absolute greaseball by the end of the day.  But my tastes have changed, I think a soft dewy finish is really complimentary and looks so beautiful and natural. I needed a new darker foundation after getting into fake tanning, so I thought I would surrender to the hype and give this bad boy a go. I am so impressed by it. It is really long-lasting, great coverage and leaves such a lovely finish. I generally use it with a mattifying primer so that there is some oil control. On particularly warm days I do need a little powder touch up after 5-6 hours, but other than that I adore it. It has definitely been my go to since purchasing it.

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Coty – Airspun

This is another hugely hyped product. I had been using Ben Nye powers for baking but they just weren’t cutting it. After reading many reviews I thought I would give in and see what it could do for me. Many bloggers mentioned the scent of the product being overwhelming and a little ‘old ladyish’, but I actually quite like it. It is soft, subtle and floral and disappears once the powder is brushed off. The powder itself is so finely milled and has a slight peach tone to it, however I don’t find that this shows up on the skin.  It sits on the skin perfectly and is easily brushed away after baking. My skin is left looking almost air-brushed, soft and smooth. My pores are disguised as well, and that makes me so excited. I do using a setting/finishing spray to remove any excess powder and my make up lasts all day looking freshly applied. The only downside is the packaging. The lid easily slides off – a little too easily. I removed the powder puff and now the powder is just everywhere. I have to be extremely careful opening it to prevent a cloud of powder ending up of the floor. If you know about any hacks stopping this, I would love it know what it is. I have been using Airspun daily for a month now and I have not even made a dint in the product, for only $16 from Crush Cosmetics (cheaper on Ebay), you cannot go wrong.

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Gala Daling – Radical Self Love  (AU$ 12- $20)

I hate the term ‘self help book’ I prefer to think of these books as a platform to prompt yourself to reflect and grow. I think of myself as a really spiritual person and I try to live my life as instinctively and intuitively as I can. I love the simple pleasures in life, although cosmetics and the beauty industry may contradict that, it is something that brings me a lot of joy. This book just speaks to me. It is simple, practical and not over the top. It is easy to follow with life-affirming lessons. I have had a tough couple of years by completely internalizing my thoughts and feelings because I was afraid to say them out loud and see the reactions of the people around me. It is books like this that have taught me to be more self-aware, and how to live a more fulfilling life.  It may sound like a whole lot of new-age nonsense, but it is genuinely and whole-heartedly something that I believe in.

Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins…but felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You’re not alone. Bestselling author and speaker Gala Darling spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling with depression and an eating disorder. Her life was filled with chaos and disaster – simply because she didn’t know how to create the life she dreamed of. In Radical Self-Love, Gala recounts how she turned her life around from self-destruction to self-love, and shows how you can do the same.

 

I definitely got a bit more personal than I had planned to in this blog 😐 I hope I didn’t bore you too much. Did you have any similar favourites this months?

 

Until next time,

Camille x

*Although some products were kindly provided to me for consideration, all opinions are 100% honest. I only include items that I feel are worthy of a mention.

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Australian and New Zealand Brands (ANZAC day)

Happy ANZAC day to my fellow Aussies and Kiwis 🙂
For those who don’t know, on April 25th Australia and New Zealand commemorate the anniversary of the ANZAC(Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) entry into World War 1. We remember the brave soliders that fought in Galilpoli and recognise all the men and women who have served for both of our wonderful countires. To me it is a day of reflection, gratitude and in the true Aussie way, a couple of drinks.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. “

Lest We Forget 

As you may know I am am passionate about using local brands, so I thought this might be a good oppurtunity to showcase a couple of my favourite brands.

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Face Of Australia – Available from Priceline and Big W

Face Of Australia is a innovative, affordable brand that is known for its quality and comprehensive range. I have used many of their products over the years and there are a few that really stand out. I love the Glamazon contour kit, the contour colour is cool toned but not gray. It applies nicely and blends out well. The highlight is soft and great for an understated look. The packaging is cute and great for travelling. At first it was released as a limited edition, but it is now apart of their regular line. I also really enjoy FOA’s loose translucent powder, it is a great afforadable option for ‘baking‘ and to set your base. Primers are also really good value for money, I really like both the Face Base and High Definition primers. Many bloggers have even stated that the Face Base is a dupe for Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot, contating exactly the same ingredients but for a fraction of the price. I’ll let you be the judge.

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Antipodes – Available from Priceline

Antipodes is a beautiful organic brand inspired by the natural beauty of New Zealand. Sustainable ingredients, local production, avoiding synthetic preservaties and recyclable packaging make up the Antipodes ethos. Their packaging is just stunning and reflects the brands philosphy. I love so many of the products but I especially love Aura and Apostle. Apostle is a fruity skin-brightening serum, full of antioxidants targeting pigmentation and uneven skin tone. It smells delicious and is an absolute pleasure to use. Aura is one of my all-time favourites. It is a deeply hydrating facial mask full of  remedial manuka honey. Know for its antibacterial propeties, manuka honey is great for soothing blemishes while drawing moisture to the skin’s surface. Full of natural vanilla and mandarin fragrances, it smells absolutely divine and will forever remain in my skincare routine.

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Chi Chi Cosmetics -Available from Target and Myer

Chi Chi explain that they are inspired by the vast range of rich colours featured across Australia – Think Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and our sprawling deserts. Their exstensive range is refreshing, innovative with high-quality products at afforadble prices. Chi Chi Cosmetics are also vegan and cruelty free. I have quite a collection of Chi Chi Cosmetics but I’ll highlight a few favourites. Eyeshadows are something that Chi Chi do really well, their palettes are buttery and pigmented, with a HUGE range of colours that would suit everyone’s tastes.  I have about 5 palettes that I have condensed into a Z-palette for easy storage. Each palette has 12 shades and retails for $22.95 – Crazy value for money! Chi Chi foundations, BB creams, and CC creams are also winners. They contain beautiful ingredients and do exactly what they say they do. The BB and CC creams are light and easily worn but have a great amount of coverage. The Fabulous and Flawless foundation has incredible coverage and an even better finish. It is long lasting and doesn’t transfer. The shade range is also pretty exstensive and each shade is detailed on the box, right down to the coloured undertones. Chi Chi Cosmetics recently released brow range is unbelievable quality. I have reviewd their brow fibre gel here.

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Designer Brands – Available from Blooms the Chemist

Designer Brands has really stepped into the spotlight in the last 18 months. They somewhat re-branded and released a whole line of new products, that are simple and practical. Featuring a large range of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics at afforable prices.  Their foundations have gotten rave reivews, and are worthy of the hype. Catering to different wants and needs, DB cosmetics have a foundation that suits everybody – My personal fav is the 24-hour foundation. The coverage is high, but not cakey and super long lasting. I also really love their liquid illuminator in bronze. It’s a beautiful warm shimmer that is great for highlighting and perfect to layer under powder highlighters. Designer Brands has also recently released a brush range that looks great and has had exceptional reviews, I will be looking to pick these up soon.

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Go To Skincare – Only available online.

Created by Australia’s sweetheart Zoe Foster-Blake, Go-To Skincare boasts natural, simplistic and cruelty free cosmetics. “The ingredients are pure but powerful; harnessing the benefits of nature to genuinely protect, nourish and strengthen the skin, ensuring it is healthy, happy and glowing.” The packaging is fresh and right on trend, matching the beautifully uncomplicated products. Exfoliating Swipeys are Go-To’s answer to the AHA chemical exfoliating craze. These little pads of magic instantly removes dead skin cells, refines the skin’s texture and minimises pores and lines; creating the perfect canvas for your serums and moisturisers. Go-To also kill it with their lip balm, Lips!. As a sufferer of chronically dry, cracked lips, this little peach tube of deliciousness sorts them out in no time. It soothes and moisturises while leaving behind a beautiful pomegranate scent.

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Thin Lizzy – Available in Priceline and selected chemists

Thin Lizzy is a brand that was founded in New Zealand and has become pretty well known for their mineral makeup and 6 in 1 powder. I was first introduced to Thin Lizzy through daytime TV and I honestly thought it was a bit gimicky. A powder that has 6 uses? Surely it can’t be that much of a miracle product. However, my mum purchased it quite a few years ago now and I had a little play. I grew to really like it and used it a fair bit as a bronzer. Fast-forward to last year and I was kindly gifted a Thin Lizzy set and it became a well used product in my collection. I also really like the All-Day Flexi Mascara. It is a tube mascara that is perfect for daily use. It lengthens and seperates without any clumps and is so easy to remove. Thanks to the tube innovation, you can say goodbye to panda eyes. I also couldn’t write a post about Thin Lizzy without mentioning their concealer. The creme concealer is really full coverage, it’s water resistant and covers practically everything. It doesn’t budge or smudge and it actually feels quite light on the skin.

 

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Happy Skincare – Available online and selected stores

Happy Skincare is a wonderful family owned Australian company, dedicated to creating natural and effective products. I first discovered Happy Skincare’s Cloud 9 cleansing balm in a Bellabox and instantly fell in love. Cloud 9 is a beautiful citus scented balm that removes all traces of make-up, cleanses and hydrates the skin. This little guy started my love affair with cleansing balms. I also really love their Tickled Pink Toner and Laugh Out Loud jojoba oil. Happy Skincare have a huge range of vegan and cruelty free products, they also offer a sample-pack to allow you to test out these beautiful cosmetics.

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Eye Of Horus – Available online and selected stores

Eye Of Horus is a stunning egytian inspired cosmetics brand from Byron Bay. Boasting beautiful jewel and metallic tones, Eye Of Horus inspires to ‘awaken the goddess within’. This brand is also natural, vegan and cruelty free. My favourite products are definitely the Copper Sphinx liquid eyeliner – which is this crazy pigmented metaillic eyeliner that makes blue eyes pop, The Goddess Mascara – which is a perfect everyday mascara and the Isis Sun Goddess Shadow Palette – This palette has three super metallic and pigmeted warm toned shadows. This is definitely a glamorous brand that I hope to explore a little more.

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Australis – Available at Priceline and Big W

Australis is another afforable brand that has really stepped up their game. Constantly releasing new and innovative products, keeping up with and compareable to  the best international beauty brands. Velourlips are beautifully coloured and really long-lasting matte liquid lipsticks. Although they can be a little drying, the pigmentation and transfer-proof formula makes up for it. The Fresh and Flawless pressed powder is hyped by so many youtubers and bloggers. It is a simple powder, with a touch of coverage which is perfect for setting and touching up foundation. I have been buying this bad boy for years! Australis’ powder and contouring kits are also great quality and value for money.  I especially love the banana powder and love that it is now available seperately.

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Shanghai Suzy – Available online and in selected stores

Shanghai Suzy are stunning seasonal lippies that are creamy, pigmented and scented like lollies. The just released Autumn/Winter ’16 collection is full of beautiful muted pinks and lilacs, nudes and a couple of dark vampy shades. I want every single one of them.  These lipsticks wear really well and feel very comfotable on the lips. They are winners.

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Innoxa – Available in Priceline

Innoxa is a great Australian brand that has been around since 1920! Crazy, right? Innoxa is known for its classic simplistic range. Catering for all skin types and ages, Innoz has a great range of primers, foundations, skincare and coloured cosmetics. So far I have only tried the Renew Age Erase Serum Foundation, which I love. But I really want to try the BB cream and Pollution Protect Foundation. The Serum foundation is so complimentry, creating a soft-focus flawless finish. It’s long lasting, non-oxidising and transfer proof. The other stand-out of the the range has to be the Cover and Correct palette. They have absolutely hit the nail on the head with this one. The formula is so so so creamy and blends really well. My only con is that  the concealer colours are a touch too dark, but other than that it is definitely something that belongs in your collection.

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MooGoo Skincare – Available online and in selected chemists

I have a whole blog post dedicated to MooGoo here.

 

What are your favourite Australian and New Zealand brands?

 

Camille x

*Although some of these products were kindly sent for consideration all opinions are 100% honest.

 

Scrub-a-dub-dub

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Hello beautiful people 🙂
If you are a follower of the blog you’d be aware that body scrubs are my thing. I love what they do, the feel of them and the spa-like experience they create in the bathroom. So I thought I’d take you through my current collection.

SUGAR SCRUBS

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Ishka Sugar Scrub (AU$ 19.95)

Ishka are such beautiful bohemian shops filled with colourful clothes, furniture, crystals and incense. They are right up my alley. There isn’t a huge rage of beauty products, but they do scrubs well – really well.  Ishka Sugar Scrubs are full of natural, nourishing ingredients, vegan and Australian made. The sugar isn’t too large, making it fairly gentle. The oils moisturise the skin beautifully and the scent is just heavenly. It exfoliates all those flakey areas and is the perfect prep for fake tanning or removing tan. I am passionate about natural and Australian made products, so I generally pick this scrub over others. I recently wrote a review in an empties post, which can be found here. I have a brand new unopened packet of Ishka’s Coffee, Orange and Vanilla scrub in my bathroom – Can’t wait to give that a go. If it is anything like the Sugar scrub, it will be incredible.

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Sugar Baby – Raw Sugar and Coconut Scrub (AU$ 14.95)

This scrub smells so delicious. Full of beautiful ingredients like Organic Coconut Oil, Himalayan Sea Salt and Raw sugar, this scrub removes those pesky dry patches and leaves skin nourished, soft and moisturised. The price point is great, especially for the quality of the product. Can we take a moment to talk about the packaging?! It is just so beautiful. The colours and the palm tree just screams tropical holidays, making me think of smooth tanned skin and a Pina Colada in hand… but really I’m in my cramped bathroom leaving sugar all over the floor, haha. That being said, it certainly creates a spa-like experience. You can find more thoughts about this product here.

COFFEE SCRUBS

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Frank – Coffee Scrub (AU$ 14.95)

Frank is the OG of coffee scrubs. But would you believe I only recently used it for the first time. Firstly the scent is incredible – completely orgasmic. The coffee and orange are really uplifting and energizing. The coffee granules are small and non-abrasive. Frank promises to reduces cellulite, stretch marks and scrub away pesky dry, flakey skin. The coffee scrub is also full of fair-traded, natural ingredients and 100% Australian owned and made (tick, tick and tick) My skin is left super smooth and soft, but my shower is left a little dirty. I love that it is gentle enough to use on my face and I feel as if it makes a difference.  I really do love this scrub and have succumbed to the hype. If you have ever contemplated trying this scrub, do it! You wont regret it.

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Lacura – Detox Me Exfoliating Body Scrub (AU$ 4.99)
I picked this up on a whim in Aldi, I have never used any of the Lacura products before but has always been intrigued. Detox Me contains ground Arabica coffee beans, walnut shell, B3 Vitamins, Macadamia and Almond oils. At first impression it smells really lovely, but seems really dry. However once applied to wet skin the oils are released from the coffee and it works its magic. My skin is suuuuper soft and no oily residue is left on the skin. I love that the scrub is packaged in a little bottle with a screw top lid which makes it really easy to store and use. I would recommend giving this little guy a go.

SALT SCRUBS

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Norwex – Olive Oil Salt Scrub (AU$ 41.95)

Norwex* is a brand that is committed to radically reducing chemicals in the home to promote health. I use Norwex products to clean my house without the use of chemicals, and it is something I am particularly passionate about. Not only do Norwex create amazing sustainable, natural cleaning products, they also have a beauty range. The Mediterranean Olive Oil Salt Scrub is an absolute winner. Made from 100% Dead Sea salt, which is high in minerals. It also contains organic olive oil and essential oils. The scrub contains no preservatives or perfumes . I would describe the scent as similar to lemon butter  – It is full of citrus, but is somewhat creamy. The salt isn’t too large, so therefore isn’t too abrasive and the tub is full to the brim with olive oil. The Mediterranean Olive Oil Salt Scrub is probably the most heavy-duty scrub that I own, it is really great to use on hands and feet as well as the body. I would not recommend using this bad boy on your face. It is just heavenly to use, my skin is so super smooth and moisturised. I find with salt scrubs that they can sting slightly if your legs have been recently shaved,  so I would advise against this. I use this scrub to remove fake tan, it is the best scrub I own for the job. The salt and oil are great at exfoliating and breaking down old tan. The tub is huge and lasts forever. I have been re-purchasing this scrub for the last 4 years.

*Norwex can only be bought through a consultant

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Lush – Rub Rub Rub (AU$ 14.95)

Full of sea salt, lemon juice and a mimosa scent, Rub Rub Rub is an absolute pleasure for all the senses. The bright blue concoction is mineral rich and gentle on the skin. This scrub is a tropical island in a tub. I find Rub Rub Rub to be maybe a little too gentle, it doesn’t do a great job of removing tan and due to the salt and lemon juice it can be very drying which doesn’t suit tan-prep. That being said, I still really enjoy using it. My tub is kept in the shower and is gentle enough to be used daily for exfoliation and for that up-lifting scent.

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Camille’s Coffee Scrub

Alternatively you can make your own scrub, which I often do when I run out.

I mix up Cacao, Coffee, Raw Sugar, Coconut Oil and a couple of drops of essential oil and you are on your way. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place and it will be good for quite a few months. However, it will last longer if stored in the fridge. This is also a great gift idea.  Store it in a cute jar, tie some ribbon around it and create your own label and you have a cute and thoughtful, handmade gift.

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy scrubs that I really enjoy that aren’t currently in my collection include – Humble Bean Coffee Scrub, MOR Marshmallow Crystal Body Scrub, The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub, Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub and Soap and Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish.

As you can see, I like different types of scrubs for different jobs. I will forever love the sensation of scrubs against my skin and will always be searching and trialling new ones, I just can’t get enough. Now after all that scrubbing, I better go clean the shower 😉

What are you favourite Scrubs? Which scrubs should make an appearance in my shower next?

 

Thanks for passing by,

Camille x

 

*Although some of these products were kindly sent for reviewing purposes all opinions are 100% honest.

Brand Spotlight – MOOGOO

IMG_2809It is time for a brand spotlight and what a brand to start off with. Moo Goo has got to be one of my favourite brands ever. I have been using Moo Goo products for about 4 years now, and even though I experiment with other brands, I always find myself coming back again and again. As a note, I’d like to mention that I have purchased all Moo Goo products with my own money, and this is not, by any means, a sponsored post. Moo Goo is a family run business  -Australian made and owned. Using only natural and cruelty free ingredients. No-fuss, high-quality and simple products with values of honesty and integrity makes Moo Goo, to me, such a reliable company, that is always a pleasure to deal with.

“We are an Australian company with an entire range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks.” – Taken from the Moo Goo website.

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A Moo Goo online order – Such sweet packaging

The packaging is what initially intrigued me. It is adorable and simple, with themes of cattle, milk and grass gracing the bottles; even the outer cardboard packing looking like miniature milk cartons. Ordering online is an absolute breeze and your order arrives in a cow covered box and full of sweet smelling straw. I honestly don’t think I could say a bad word about the products, branding or company. The products do what they’re meant to, contain no nasties and the ingredient list is clearly written.  An off-shoot of Moo Goo is Dusty Girls. Dusty Girls is a make-up line which is founded on the same philosophy of Moo Goo.

Now trying to decide which products are my favourite has been a difficult task, and this constantly changes depending on my needs.  I have decided to highlight some items that I have re-purchased over and over again.

Oil Cleansing Method – Oily Skin

I am a big lover of the oil cleansing method. I have found that nothing removes make-up quite like nourishing oils. I have trialled many different oils, but keep coming back to this one. There are four different cleansers containing specific oils, which are targeted to the different skin types (Oily, Dry, Combination and Normal). The oily skin cleanser contains Jojoba Oil, Grape Seed, Avocado Oil and Rice Bran Oil just to name a few. I generally use this as a pre-wash cleanser/make up remover and also as a stream treatment when my skin is congested. My skin feels toned, moisturised and super clean after Moo Goo and I can thank it for a beautiful natural glow.

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Tamanu Oil

I had never come across Tamanu oil before, it’s not a regularly mentioned in any skincare. But after reading up about it, I thought it would be perfect to try on my boyfriend’s acne scarring. Moo Goo’s websites states “Tamanu Oil is now becoming famous for its anti-ageing benefits abased on promotion of new skin and its assistance in repair. Ideal for acne, acne scarring and wound soothing. It is best applied in the evening or under a moisturiser.”  The oil is very distinctive in colour and scent. Tamanu Oil is thick, yellow and very strong smelling but I don’t find it unpleasant. It doesn’t absorb quickly, so it is best applied before bed. So far I have noticed how quickly my blemishes heal and my partner’s scarring doesn’t seem as severe. Stay tuned for some before and after pictures.

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MSM Soothing Cream

MSM cream is made from a base of Moo Goo’s Full Cream moisturiser (another fave) with the added benefit of 10% MSM (organic sulphur) which is known for its calming properties. MSM soothing cream is best for sensitive, irritated skin (psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, etc.) but I just use it as a  light moisturiser on my face and body. I feel the soothing qualities on my skin instantly and the cream is quickly absorbed. Issues such as shaving rash, itches and flakey skin are soon cleared up after use. This is a cream that I always have on hand.

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Oatmeal Cleansing Bar

I don’t use soap bars generally, I much prefer a body wash – but I had a bright spark a year or so a go.  I thought the Oatmeal Cleansing Bar would be perfect to clean my make-up brushes. The bars are filled with gentle natural oils, milk, honey and ground oatmeal, so as you would imagine they smell delicious. Plus the finely ground oatmeal is perfect to give my brushes a nice deep clean. I just swirl a wet brush around on the bar to create a lather, brush it over my sigma spa glove then rinse. My brushes come up so clean and soft with a slight smell of breakfast.

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Earth Cream

Earth Cream is Dusty Girl’s answer to a tinted moisturiser/BB cream. It is light-weight and creates a natural, radiant looking base. Coverage is light-medium as you would expect, and it softens the look of blemishes and evens skin tone. Full of natural ingredients, Earth Cream won’t clog pores or harm the skin, it certainly doesn’t contribute to bad skin. This little guy is perfect on minimal make up days, allowing your skin to breathe but having some coverage at the same time. Definitely a favourite. I haven’t had the opportunity to try too much products from Dusty Girls. The eyeshadows and blushes are on my shopping list. The colours and formulas look amazing.

 

I am sure you can see how much I love this brand and their products. I am passionate about natural, Australian-made beauty products and Moo Goo ticks all the boxes. Have you used Moo Goo before? What are your favourites?

 

Love and Lipstick,

Camille x

Real-U Australia Skincare

IMG_2116I was fortunate enough to be sent some Real-U skincare products to try. Real-U is an Australian brand that boasts about being able to control and clear your skin gently. The skin care program is a 3-step regime targeted at oily and blemish prone skin (Absolutely perfect for me!)

Their website states “Targeting oily and acne prone skin and even the occasional annoying spot. It has a delicious effect of reducing your pore size, making your skin smoother. With no irritating nasties like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid… It’s gentle on your skin.”

I absolutely love that Real-U products contain no nasties and are gentle on the skin, but do they work? After trialling Real-U for 4 weeks, these are my thoughts –

 

Gentle Foaming Wash

The first step in the regime contains Aloe Vera, known for its soothing properties and claims it is pH balanced. This was the one product I thought I wasn’t going to like. In the past foaming cleansers left my skin  feeling tight, tingly and dry. But not this one. My skin felt soft, clean and refreshed. The foaming wash is a gel consistency that lathers up nicely and removes all makeup and residue of the day.

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Control Face Gel

This one the one product I was most intrigued by. The Control Gel is marketed as a serum and is the work horse of the three products. It aims to treat blemishes and maintain the skins condition. I apply the serum straight out of the shower and soaks in by the time I have gotten dressed. The gel soothes and cools, and my skin is left feeling refreshed and soft and perfectly prepared for moisturising.

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Hydrate Lite Moisturiser

The moisturiser claims to replenish, rebalance and hydrate the skin without clogging pores. The moisturiser is similar to a gel consistency and soaks in almost instantly.  It is super lightweight and soothing. I really like the moisturiser and feel like it creates a perfect base for makeup.

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Overall, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin texture. Blemishes are few and far between and when they do pop up, I feel like they don’t stick around for too long. I love the simplicity of these products. They stand up to the claims of being gentle, yet packing a punch. The only con is that my face seems to sweat for a little while after applying the serum and moisturiser . Granted, it has been warm lately. But I just found this a little bizarre but nothing that causes too much of an issue.  These guys will continue to remain in my skin care regime.  I am even thinking about purchasing the Control + Face Serum for a little more treatment for when my skin is a bit hormonal.

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Real-U products retail between $15 – $50 depending on the type or size of the product and can be bought here.

 

I’d love to know your experience if you have used Real-U.

 

Love and Lipstick,

C x

 

*Although these products were kindly sent for reviewing purposes, all opinions are honest and strictly mine.