Wednesday, May 11, 2016

April Favourites!




Time to talk about the products I absolutely loved in April! These are the special beauty finds I've been reaching for frequently, because I'm downright enamoured with them and the results they produce. Here we go!





Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub
This gives the Natura Siberica Oblepikha and Honey Body Scrub, raved about here, a run for its money in the body scrub stakes, and may have just reached Holy Grail status, along with the aforementioned NS one. I picked this up in Mecca Maxima on my Sydney trip (see the massive Beauty Haul here). It was a Staff Favourite, and it's not hard to see why. The Breakfast Scrub is the perfect consistency. It's thick, so when you grab a handful it ain't slipping off and wasting down the drain. The formula is just right if you're into super-scrubby exfoliators and the smell.... oh my! One word: PANCAKES! This has oat, shea butter, sugar, bananas, almond and honey extracts and a maple scent that has to be smelled to be believed. Highly recommended!





Bioderma Sensibio H2O*
Up until about a month ago, my go-to had been the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (in the pink bottle). And I thought it was pretty good. Then I was sent this, and honestly Bioderma blows it out of the water! I'd avoided this one because it was dearer, but my gosh is it gentle and super effective. My skin is left soft, clean and feeling comfortable. There's no drying and no need to wipe firmly, as Sensibio H2O is just so good at what it does. I love how this feels; it's a pleasure to use and I can't really see myself going back to the Garnier one after this sample bottle runs out. Recommended!





Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
I don't own too many high end palettes, so it was quite a treat for me to pick this up! I was tossing up between the original, Semi-Sweet and Bon Bons Too Faced palettes, but I'm so happy I decided on this one. This is honestly so wearable on a day-to-day basis and the shades are really pigmented. I don't know why I hesitated dropping $78, because it's worth every cent and I'm getting a lot of use out of it. Also, it smells like chocolate. Winning!





Skin Doctors Beetox
I bought this on sale at Priceline, and I pretty much use it every morning now! Beetox is an anti-ageing bee venom treatment with manuka honey that works to firm, tighten, lift and plump out your skin, making it appear fuller and more youthful. I'd already had great success with other Skin Doctors products, Eyetuck being my favourite, followed by Instant Eyelift and Eyecircle, so I was keen to give this a go. It says to avoid the eye area, however that's where I start applying this (carefully and not too close to the actual eyes!) as under my eyes is the only place I have fine lines. Also, depending on Christ knows what, this area can appear hollow from time to time, and I've found Beetox has really helped to eradicate this annoying problem by plumping it out, giving me a 'normal' instead of 'fresh corpse' look. This product claims to triple the formation of collagen in 7 days and increase cell renewal by 80% in 15 days. I'm not sure if that's accurate, but it's working for me so I'll continue to buy it. Side note: this smells really nice, too!





Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butter*
I was kindly gifted a handful of Natralus Lip Butters at the Bloggers United Adelaide Event, and I'm really glad, because they are quite a find! These are made with organic Australian papaya, contain shea butter and vitamin E and just as importantly, absolutely no parabens or petrochemicals! I've worked my way through the Honey & Vanilla one and now that I've started on the Strawberry, my eight year old son has declared it his new favourite (seyanora Smiggle watermelon lip balm!). I love applying this nourishing formula before bed so I wake up with soft, smooth lips in the morning, and I know I'll be throwing one in my travel bag for my trip interstate next month. Can't wait to give the Coconut lip butter a go, too!





Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner
I'm already a huge fan of Maybelline Masterliner (it's my everyday eyeliner), however a drawback is that the rounded tip is not designed for creating on point wings. Cue my magnificent idea to pick up this baby. This looks like a felt tip/magic marker  type pen and has a slanted, pointy end perfect for adding cat's eye flicks to the ends of my top eyeliner! If you have trouble drawing on your wings, I'd highly recommend giving the liquid Master Graphic Eyeliner a go, because it turns a potentially tricky process into a piece of cake. I've cut my eye makeup application time down by a third since incorporating this into my routine, because as soon as I learnt my desired angle, my flicks went on quickly and easily and stayed put throughout the day!





Davroe Volume Senses Shampoo* and Conditioner*
Like the lip butters, I generously received a set of Davroe hair care products at the Bloggers United Adelaide Event. Having such fine (hey, girlfriend!) locks, I made a beeline straight for the volumising products. I've been using the Volume Shampoo (which I've just finished) together with the Volume Conditioner and the results are healthy-looking, soft hair that still has body. I've used so many volume shampoos and conditioners over the years, and although they give my hair volume, they also often strip my hair or leave it squeaky clean, with the intention of creating some grip, like when you spray dry shampoo into your roots and rub it around. This does create volume but it's not very good for your hair. Anyhoo, with these Davroe products, my hair actually looks fuller, but also soft, healthy and swishy. I love this brand, and am keen to try out the rest of the range.





Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask
Oh my. I said on Instagram this stinks like a mofo and I wasn't kidding! I guess if I liked the main ingredient, asparagus, I might feel differently. But the thing is, this mask really lifts and firms my skin. You know it must be good if it's in my favourites even though it pongs! I was so surprised after my first use, and now I use this before any event or night out where I want to feel extra confident, because the firming effect makes me appear years younger. My all-time favourite Lush mask (so far!).





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42 comments:

  1. Great post! Bioderma Sensibio H2O is by far my favourite micellar water. Any skincare by Bioderma is awesome!

    xo Melissa
    www.melissatee.com

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    1. Yes, I'm keen to try more from the brand now! Thanks for reading Melissa :)

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  2. That scrub sounds AYYY MAAAAAAYYZZZZE!!!

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    1. It is divine Beth! I love it to death! ps I messaged your business page on FB :)

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  3. My friends are big fans of Soap and Glory and I'm ashamed to say that I haven't tried any of their products. The scrub sounds really amazing. Great post Di! Thank so much for linking up x

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    1. Loving your Link Up, thanks for hosting! Oh you must try Soap & Glory, I haven't come across a dud product from them yet!

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  4. Thanks for the post! And the review on the maybelline eyeliner. I suck at doing it, so maybe i'll give this one a try and hopefully I won't suck SO MUCH ;) haha X
    Sammy | Bargainbaglady.com X

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    1. This one makes it super-easy Sammy! I do use two different ones though, one for the normal line, then this one just for the wings :) xx

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  5. Love reading about your empties! Interesting to hear the Bioderma is so much better than Garnier! I have used both and didn't really compare them. I was just like, makeup, get off my face.

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    1. Haha, yeah I can understand that at the end of a long day!

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  6. I love the sound of those Natralus Paw Paw Lip Butters!

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  7. ive got the UD palettes and always debated whether I need the chcolate too faced palette. I love the shades, so I really think I do :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. I think I should get more UD ones. Naked 3 perhaps?

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  8. So many great products. I think I may need the chocolate too faced palette as well.

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  9. I;m getting anxiety as I've almost hit pan on strawberry bon bon! DF xoxo

    www.doaner-fide.com

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    1. Oh no! That legit means you can buy another palette, right? ;P

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  10. Great post babe, love the products and especially face mask!

    BamBam Blog

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the mask is so good. Thanks for reading! xx

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  11. Great selection of favourites! Especially the chocolate bar! Renee x

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    1. Thanks Renee. So glad I got the Chocolate Bar palette! x

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  12. I love the sound of that Beetox, must get my hands on some of that next time I'm at the shops and try it for myself.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for reading Lisa! The Beetox is a winner for me :)

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  13. Bioderma is amazing isn't it! I love the smaller side for travelling too. Intrieged by the beetox!

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    1. Yes, I've got a trial size Bioderma I'm taking interstate with me next month! :)

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  14. Ohhh thanks for the info on the Bee Venom. I am going to check that out now. I could use some work on the old collagen that's for sure.

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    1. Just checked and it's 30% off at Priceline right now :)

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  15. Oh, I love the idea of the Beetox! Is it very expensive?

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    1. It's normally $59.99 at Priceline but there's a 30% off sale right now so it's down to $41.99 :)

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  16. Skin physics Beetox looks interesting, I love bioderma too but I broke my bottle and now i can not carry it with me. I wish it comes in a strong packing like garnier one.
    http://australianbeautyonbudget.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Oh no re your Bioderma! I didn't notice a difference in packaging, but it must be thinner plastic if it broke :(

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  17. I'd really like to try the Skin Doctors Beetox.
    Thanks for linking with the Lovin' Life Linky again this week!

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    1. Thanks for hosting and visiting! Lovin' the Linky! :)

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  18. Loving all of these Di - I have the Beetox stashed away somewhere, must move it up to the top of the "try next" list. And I love my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette - created a look today using Salted Caramel, yum! xxx

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    1. Yeah, I'm using Beetox morning and night and I'm really happy with my skin at the moment. Give it a go! xxx

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  19. I've never tried any of these products.. Really interested in the Beetox skin cream, it sounds amazing! And, I've always wanted the Chocolate bar palette....someday!!

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    1. Yes I'm loving the Beetox. And the Chocolate Bar was well worth the investment! :)

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  20. great picks lovely! I absolutely love bioderma's pink botte it's so gentle around my eyes :)

    Lily not Louise

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    1. Thanks Lily! Yeah I agree, I'm a huge Bioderma fan now :)

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  21. What a great roundup and such inspiration! Always looking for something new to try!

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    1. Yep, definitely loving this bunch, so glad I discovered them!

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