Herbs & Heart Face Mud Review

The Herbs & Heart Face Mud claims to be ‘a cleanser that feels nothing like a cleanser’ which really intrigued me when I first read it on the label. Unlike most cleansers, the Face Mud is in the form of a paste which you’re meant to mix with a little bit of water and then massage it on your face. It can also be used for an express ‘spa facial’ and left on the skin for about 2-3 minutes so that the ingredients can penetrate your skin fully.

The three stand out ingredients in the Herbs & Heart Face Mud are manuka honey, orange peel powder and sandalwood. Manuka honey is known to be extremely hydrating and is also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. Orange peel powder is a natural astringent and helps to deeply cleanse pores while detoxifying the skin. Sandalwood aids in evening out the skin tone and also leaves skin feeling baby soft.

My favourite way of using the Face Mud is as an exfoliator and spa facial afterwards. I always have my jar sitting in my shower so that I can use it on days where my skin feels particularly dull or congested. I like to exfoliate my skin with the Face Mud and then leave it on for a few minutes while I’m showering. I also love using the Face Mud on days where I feel like pampering myself but don’t have the time to put on a full mask. The morning after using the Face Mud as a spa facial my skin always feels more hydrated, looks brighter, and appears more even. I’m also obsessed with the scent of it… I don’t know which ingredients make it smell so good but I could inhale it all day!

I love the fact that all the ingredients in the Face Mud are natural and certified organic. Not only that, but Herbs & Heart are cruelty-free as well as vegan-friendly.  In my books those are huge ticks!

The Face Mud would be the perfect gift for someone who enjoys natural and organic products, or that may not have the time to pamper themselves and could use an express spa facial. If you’re someone who is always on the go and rarely has time to show your skin some love, this is the product for you.

Until next time,

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Disclaimer: I received this product for editorial consideration, however all opinions stated are 100% my own.

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Freezeframe Revitaleyes Review

Wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness… the three major woes of women (and men!) when it comes to our undereyes. Thankfully Freezeframe Revitaleyes claims to solve all of these three issues by just using one simple product. I decided to put these claims to the test and have been using Revitaleyes every night for the last month. So… what did I think?

First off, I really like how the product is in a gel form. The gel is absorbed easily and doesn’t leave a heavy residue on my skin like some other eye creams do. Furthermore, the packaging makes it very easy to dispense just the right amount of product from the tube through the pump mechanism.

According to Freezeframe you should start seeing noticeable results in just 15 days, and I have to say I do agree with their claim. After just 7 days of using the product I could already see a reduction in the puffiness of my undereyes. I’m such a night owl and generally don’t get much sleep so to see the bags under my eyes reduce within the first seven days was like watching a miracle happen. I mean I can almost pass off as someone who gets eight hours of sleep… almost.

In terms of dark circles, I have also seen quite a large improvement in my undereyes. The severity of my dark circles have decreased after using Revitaleyes for the last month. Although my dark circles haven’t completely disappeared I can say with confidence that there has been a significant improvement.

Since I don’t have very prominent fine lines (I’m only 20!), I can’t speak for how well Revitaleyes works for wrinkles however just by the results I have had with regard to my puffiness and dark circles I would imagine that it would yield great outcomes.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Disodium EDTA, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide – 5, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldemethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 80, Isohexadecane, Steareth-20, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7

All in all, if you have the money to spend on Revitaleyes it’s definitely worth the investment! Freezeframe Revitaleyes retails for $69 AUD for 15ml and so far I have only used about 1/3 of the product so I would expect one tube to last a good 2-3 months. I’ll definitely be repurchasing another one when I run out!

Until next time,

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Disclaimer: I received these products for editorial consideration, however all opinions stated are 100% my own.

 

Tony Moly Review

I know many of my readers aren’t too familiar with Korean skincare and beauty products so I decided to review some from the brand Tony Moly. Tony Moly is one of the most popular brands in Korea, so what better way to introduce you all to the world of Korean beauty and skincare than through this brand? I was sent three products to test out from KBeauty Australia: the Easy Touch Eyebrow Pencil, the Petite Bunny Gloss Bar, and the Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid.

KBeauty Australia was founded in 2017 by Samantha, a high school Science teacher who has always been interested in skincare and Korean products. It was developed in order to bring more Korean products to Australians. I love that Kbeauty/skincare is slowly becoming more available in Australia because in the past I always had to purchase my products when I went back to Asia.

Now let’s get in to the review!

Easy Touch Eyebrow Pencil 

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A few years ago I used an eyebrow pencil very similar to the Tony Moly ones by another Korean brand, Etude House. I was very excited to see how the Tony Moly brow pencils would perform since I loved my ones from Etude House!

These brow pencils are great if you want a more natural and softer look for your brows. I like how the tip is angled as it makes it quicker and easier to fill in my brows. The pencil includes a brush at the back which I appreciate as I always comb my brow hairs before using any product. The consistency of the product is also quite waxy which helps to keep your brows in place for longer. There are five shades in the range and I find that I reach more for the shade Dark Brown because the one in Grey is a little too dark for me.

If you’re someone who likes extreme precision and more of an ‘instagram brow’ look I’d recommend using this in conjunction with a brow pomade. On the days I feel like a more precise brow I use the Tony Moly brow pencil to outline the shape of my brows and use a brow pomade to fill my brows in. Overall, this product is very easy to use and makes the process of filling my brows in much quicker.

Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

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I would describe the Petite Bunny Gloss Bar as more of a tinted lip balm than a gloss. It has a very hydrating formula and is slightly tinted in order to give your lips a little bit of colour. One of my favourite things about this product is the packaging, it’s so hard to say no to this cute bunny design!

Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid

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I was very intrigued about the Super Peeling Liquid as it was my first time trying a foot peel. The foot peel consists of two plastic feet-shaped bags and the actual foot peel liquid which you pour in to the bags. When doing the foot peel I would recommend staying seated as it can feel quite weird walking around the house with two bags on your feet! The instructions say to leave your feet in the liquid for an hour to an hour and a half, so I left it on for an hour while I watched a movie. Afterwards you’re meant to wash the remaining liquid off your feet, but I have to say my feet felt pretty much the same after the process.

It wasn’t until about 2-3 days after using the Super Peeling Liquid that the skin on my feet started peeling. During this process I would recommend not wearing sandals when going out because it’s not the prettiest sight to see! After about 3 days my feet stopped peeling and I was left with slightly softer skin. Unfortunately my feet didn’t peel as much as I expected so I wasn’t left with amazingly soft feet… I’m not sure whether it was because I didn’t leave it on for longer or whether it’s just the product itself. I really wanted the foot peel to work but sadly it didn’t for me. Maybe I should try it again and leave it for an hour and a half or even two hours?

I would still recommend checking out KBeauty Australia if you’re interested in purchasing any Korean products because they have a variety of different brands including my favourites Missha, Clio, Klairs, Banila Co. and of course, Tony Moly.

Let me down below if you would like me to review more Korean products!

Until next time,

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Disclaimer: I received these products for editorial consideration, however all opinions stated are 100% my own.

Aspect Problem Skin Kit Review

Aspect is a cosmeceutical brand which I have heard a lot about however never got to try until I was kindly sent some products.

I tested out the Problem Skin Kit which consists of the Purastat 5 Cleanser (30ml), Jungle Brew (30ml), and Exfol L 15 (30ml). The kit retails for $199 AUD and is meant to help reduce the appearence of skin imperfections as well as improve the balance between hydration and oil levels.

What I really like about these Aspect products is that they are free from SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycol and most importantly are not tested on animals.

So, lets get in to the review of the individual products!

Purastat 5

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The Purastat 5 Cleanser is a lightly exfoliating foaming cleanser which is meant to be suitable for all skin types, especially those with oily skin. The cleanser claims to leave the skin clean and slightly exfoliated. It also claims to help remove blemishes and increase hydration levels.

In my opinion, it is quite gentle cleanser which is slightly foaming. As I have dry skin myself I can vouch that this cleanser is suitable for my dry skin girls. However, I can’t say that it helped increase my hydration levels. Since the cleanser is formulated more for oily skin it probably just isn’t as hydrating for those with dry skin. In saying this, it still leaves my skin feeling cleansed and I love using this in the morning.

Active Ingredients

  • Sugar and Coconut Extract – Natural foaming agent.
  • Natural Fruit Acids – Bilberry, sugar cane, sugar maple, orange and lemon. All help to exfoliate, unplugg congested pores and control blemishes.
  • Lactic Milk Extract – A natural milk derivative helps penetrate and attract moisture into skins deeper layers.
  • Wasabi Root and Canadian Willowherb – Calms and protects skin from pollution and extreme temperatures.

Jungle Brew

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Aspect’s Jungle Brew is a serum for oily, combination or problematic skin. It aims to achieve a healthy skin cycle without disrupting the skin’s balance and also claims to assist in the management of oil. The serum is formulated to aid in detoxifying, mattifying and soothing the skin.

The first thing I noticed about the serum is that it has a very, and I mean VERY, strong smell. It’s not a particularly medicinal scent but more of a herbal one. It took me about a month to adjust to the scent, but it could just be a personal preference. I know some bloggers who absolutely love the scent and others that don’t, so if you dislike strong herbal scents this may not be a product for you.

I use the Jungle Brew every night as the second step after my cleanser. I take about 1-2 pumps on my hand and distribute it evenly all over my skin. It has helped clear my skin and smooth out my skin texture. I find that this works best when I pair it with the Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser.

Active Ingredients

  • Acai, Andiroba and Copaiba Balsam – Plants from the amazon that help banish breakouts, unclog pores, regulate excessive oiliness, improve hydration and smoothness.
  • Stay-C 50 – A high tech Vitamin C that is proven to banish imperfections that accompany oily skin.
  • Canadian Willow Herb –  Calming and soothing.

Exfol L 15

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The Aspect Exfol L 15 is a night serum which provides the effects of a clinical strength AHA formula, minus the redness and irritation. It is formulated with naturally derived AHAs, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. It claims to aid skin with all forms of hyperpigmentation, melasma and photodamage.

When I first used the serum, it stung my face a little and felt quite strong on my skin. Unfortunately, due to the frequency of use it caused me to break out because I was using it every day. I was recommended to cut down to 1-2 times per week, which seems to work better for my sensitive skin. I can’t say that I have seen a huge difference in the texture of my skin and my hyperpigmentation, however I have seen some small improvements. It’s also very important to remember to use a good SPF whenever using the serum at night as the ingredients can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

Active Ingredients

  • L-Lactic Acid
  • Multi-fruit Acid Extracts – All help to exfoliate, unplugg congested pores and control blemishes.
  • Canadian Willow Herb – Calming and soothing.

Overall, I do believe the Aspect Problem Skin Kit has improved my skin but I think it would be even more effective for those with oily skin. Unfortunately I am one of those people who have both acne-prone dry skin, as opposed to the majority who have acne-prone oily skin. I wish that the Problem Skin Kit was more hydrating, but I can understand that this kit is geared towards those with oilier skin. Hopefully one day Aspect release a dry-skin version of the Problem Skin Kit because I’ll be the first in line to purchase it!

Until next time,

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Disclaimer: I received these products for editorial consideration, however all opinions stated are 100% my own.

Kris Kringle with Simplesocialsister

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with food, presents and laughter. Talking about presents, I recently participated in a Kris Kringle swap with Rochelle from Simplesocialsister. We decided on a budget of $25 (which I have to admit, I went over because there were so many goodies I wanted to gift Rochelle!)

If you aren’t familiar with Simplesocialsister, it is a beautiful blog which covers topics such as beauty, skincare, lifestyle and music. You can also find the lovely Rochelle on Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

Gifts

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L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara – I was super excited to use this becuase I’ve heard so much about it on The Makeup Social!

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Etude House Dear Darling Tint – Etude House is one of my favourite Korean brands. I haven’t used any of their tints before so I can’t wait to try this one out.

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Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask Pomegranate – Another favourite Korean brand. I absolutely love face masks so it’s another one to add to the collection.

Thank you to the beautiful Rochelle for spoiling me and for the lovely message! You can find out more about her by clicking on the links below:

Blog: simplesocialsister.com

Instagram: instagram.com/simplesocialsister

Youtube: youtube.com/simplesocialsister

Twitter: twitter.com/simplesocialsis

 

How was your Christmas?

Until next time,

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Friday Feature: Dessata All You Need Is Love Limited Edition Detangling Brush

I decided to start a new blog post series where I feature particular brands/products that I have found interesting or been enjoying. It won’t be a regular series that occurs every Friday, but I will do them when I find products that are suitable.

For today’s Friday Feature I’ve decided to focus on Dessata’s Limited Edition All You Need is Love brush, a collaboration between Headspace and Dessata. Headspace is an Australian youth mental health organisation which provides services and support to those aged between 12-25 years old. According to Headspace, 75% of all mental health issues occur before a person reaches 25 years old and an overwhelming 1 in 4 people between the ages of 12-25 have experienced a mental health issue in the last 12 months.

The colourful limited edition print on the Dessata brush is a homage to the 60s/70s era and is a celebration of love and equality. The brush comes in three sizes, maxi (ideal for thicker hair), original (for most hair types) and mini (for travel and children). I currently use the maxi Dessata brush although I have thin hair and it still works very well for me.

I encourage all of you to purchase the Dessata All You Need is Love Brush to help raise awareness for youth mental health as well as participate in the 24 Hour No Brush Challenge. All you have to do is not brush your hair for 24 hours and then post an image/video on to Instagram with the hashtag #24HourNoBrushChallenge. Dessata will be donating $5 from every purchase to Headspace, which aids them in continuing the development of mental, physical, vocational and substance-related support programs.

This cause is such an important one and the more people that can help spread the word about the importance of mental health the better. Mental health should be something that is openly discussed, not something that is seen as insignificant. Just like how we take care of our bodies, it’s just as important to pay attention to our own mental health as well as the mental health of those around us. We are in an era where social media has the power to spread powerful messages and reach people globally, so lets use this opportunity to help spread awareness about mental health.

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Much love,

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Disclaimer: This product was gifted to me, however all opinions stated are 100% my own.

Acne Foundation Routine + Life Update

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been back posting on Youtube! I was diagnosed with a chronic health condition and had to take a break from everything including University, seeing friends, working and unfortunately Youtube. My condition does not have a cure so I’m constantly battling my condition and trying to stay positive. I talk more about my health condition in my video and also show you guys my foundation routine for acne! This was meant to be an Everday Makeup Routine however some of my footage got deleted so I was only able to recover the first portion 😦

I’m going to try my best to get two videos up a month and keep blogging so watch this space!

Thank you all for sticking by me during this difficult time, I appreciate every one of you!!

Much love,

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