Mothers Day Gift Guide #1

With Mothers Day just a week away, I’m here to share with you some ideas about how to spoil your mum! This will be the first of two gift guide posts. This post is more of a shopping guide while my next one will be more of a crafty / home made.

FLOWERS!

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Now I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to receive flowers. I love the idea of sending flowers and if you’re in Adelaide, you should look into Itty Bitty Bunch a flower delivery service. It does however only operate Mon-Fri so keep that in mind. BUT rocking up to see your mum with a beautiful bunch of flowers is always a winner in my book.

SKIN CARE!

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The Body Shop is one of the first places I go to for a bit of at home pampering. After all, mums work a lot and deserve a little bit of a relaxation. Pick up some goodies in your mums favourite scent and let her have a night off. If you hurry, they have free express shipping on their website for orders over $50!

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Kismet Jardin is a brand that I found out about through the Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event (back in Feb) and I’ve been using it ever since. There is a large range of natural skincare they have on offer so you’ll be able to pick up something for your mum for sure! If you’re not sure on what to get her, try a universal product like the Hydra Gem! Its a serum/primer that used Hyaluronic Acid (great for hydration) It helps with elastin and collagen – perfect for mature skin. We were gifted this at the event and I’ve been using it on and off ever since! Its suitable for all skin types and goes great underneath your foundation! It smells earthy and sweet and is a little bit of South Australian luxury. The packaging is just gorgeous! I’ll have a full review on my blog of how I like to use it! Read till the end to get a discount code for 30% off! International shipping is available! ❤

BLING!

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Now jewellery can be a bit pricey, but if your mum is lucky enough to have a Pandora bracelet then it works out! Its kind of like the gift that keeps on giving. My brother, sister and I got our mum a bracelet a few years ago and always include a charm in our present to her. (we’re real big on the group gifts). Pandora have a Mothers Day collection out, but don’t feel like you have to indulge in it. Getting a charm that means something to you and your mum is always a great way to go!

SCENT

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Perfume is always a lovely gift to receive. Everyone has their own special scent that represents them. It could be a refill of a perfume they already have, or one that you think they’ll love. Its an intimate affair that will not go un noticed.

Look out for my next mothers day gift guide for some delicious and adorable home made options!

Discount Code: Like I said, I have a discount code for the Kismet Jardin Hydra Gem! Use code CAITHG30 when going through the checkout process for $$ off, pick up one for your mum and yourself, nothing cuter than matching skincare.. right? haha! I really hope you enjoy the product as much as I do. I’ll be doing an in-depth post soon!

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Disclaimer: Hydra Gem was gifted to me however, it does not influence any opinions I have about the product. If you do purchase the product using the code provided I will receive small remuneration, again – this does not sway my opinions in anyway.

 

Mask of the Month: BE Peel-Off Facial Mask Final Review

The lowdown:

  • Price: $5.99 Priceline
  • Target/Aim: ‘…to remove dead skin cells from the skin and unclog pores’
  • Skin Type: Doesn’t specify.
  • Smell: There isn’t really a smell, although it does kind of smell like glue. The scent is meant to be ‘pomegranate’ but I don’t smell it at all.
  • Texture: Thick, sticky, smooth. It reminds me of the hot wax when I get my brows done. Obviously, this product isn’t hot.
  • Colour: Bright Pink!
  • Directions: “Cleanse face with your favourite BE Cleanser, and dry in preparation for the mask. Apply a thin, even layer of the mask to yourface and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area, lips and hair. Leave the mask on to dry for around 15 minutes or until completely dry. Once dry gently peel away the mask from the face. Do not pull away quickly. Wash off any remaining pieces of the mask with warm water. Pat face and neck dry. Use once weekly or as required.”

New Information:

  • Application: I only put this in a strip across my chin and my nose – much like a pore strip. These are the ares that hurt the least. I also put about 2 – 3 layers on to make it thicker and easier to remove in one piece.
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5-15 minutes
  • 5 mins in: Skin didn’t feel as tight this time, I’m assuming because less product was on my face.
  • 10 mins in: Taking a bit longer to set because its thicker this time.
  • Just before removal: I notice that the sections are dry, but where my pores are there are little holes/gaps. This is annoying because it is at least twice as thick. How is it meant to clear pores if it isn’t covering them?
  • Removal process: Easy to remove. I pulled it quick across my chin. I saw a few pores get cleared out – success – even if its a small win.
    Around my nose, I was a little more cautious. Especially with the skin under my eye, I pulled that slowly then quickly across the nose itself. Nothing happened though, because there were little holes in the areas of my pores there was nothing to cling to.
  • Instant results: A little redness, a few pores removed.
  • 10 mins after: No redness, skin looks the same.
  • Next morning: The pores that were clear are still clear but it only removed a few on my chin, nothing revolutionary. In order for this to work, I’d suggest making application even thicker.
  • Visible change: None.

What the packaging says:

“A refreshing Peel-Off Facial Mask which works to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and unclog pores to reveal a freshand radiant complexion. Includes Pomegranate extract, known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and for fighting free radicals in the skin, and Vitamin E for its soothing and smoothing effects.”

I look like I’m ready to go swimming.

You can see the little holes and gaps on the nose. The mask has nothing to grip to to rip out the clogged pores. The chin was satisfying to rip off, it removed only a few pores though.

Delicately peeled the strip up until this point, then ripped fast across the nose and then delicately again. You can see the redness across the cheeks though. Thats not blush. Its stain + irritation. I don’t think its worth going through this for such minimal results! You’re better off using an actual pore strip!

Pro Tips: Do not put this anywhere near hair lines. I am hesitant to use it again. I think this time I will only focus it in the centre of my face and not in any ‘peach fuzzy’ areas.

Final Words: I really don’t think you should bother with this mask. Even though it is cheap, it just doesn’t do anything. Or anything enough to warrant actually repurchasing it. I’m sure there are other masks out there, even around the same price point that will do better.

If you do have this mask, try using it as a pore strips. This is the only way I found that it could actually do anything, just make sure it is applied thick.

Have you got this mask and have had a good experience with it? I’d love to know.

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Mask of the Month: BE Peel-Off Facial Mask Week 2 Review

Time for week two! I’ve had the worst cold this week and honestly didn’t feel like putting anything on my face, but I’m trying to be dedicated with these posts. I used the same mask again this week, even though I had a less than enjoyable experience last week, but I’m determined to try and get this to work!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $5.99 Priceline
  • Target/Aim: ‘…to remove dead skin cells from the skin and unclog pores’
  • Skin Type: Doesn’t specify.
  • Smell: There isn’t really a smell, although it does kind of smell like glue. The scent is meant to be ‘pomegranate’ but I don’t smell it at all.
  • Texture: Thick, sticky, smooth. It reminds me of the hot wax when I get my brows done. Obviously, this product isn’t hot.
  • Colour: Bright Pink!
  • Directions: “Cleanse face with your favourite BE Cleanser, and dry in preparation for the mask. Apply a thin, even layer of the mask to yourface and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area, lips and hair. Leave the mask on to dry for around 15 minutes or until completely dry. Once dry gently peel away the mask from the face. Do not pull away quickly. Wash off any remaining pieces of the mask with warm water. Pat face and neck dry. Use once weekly or as required.”
  • Application: I used my fingers to apply this, I think it is far too sticky to be used by a brush. Perhaps a small popsicle stick applicator would be better here. I applied the mask in a different area this week as last week was so painful to remove. I aimed for cheeks and forehead and across the T-zone. Keeping away from any peach fuzz baby hair areas.
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5-15 minutes
  • 5 mins in: As mask begins to set my skin feels tight, no irritation.
  • 10 mins in: Almost fully set, still no irritation.
  • Just before removal: When the mask is fully dry/set it looks shiney and kind of feels like wrinkly skin.
  • Removal process: I didn’t have the agonising experience as last week, however it still hurt a little in the top corners of the mask where the edges met my skin. The chin and nose area didn’t hurt much, because I’m used to doing pore strips/the skin is a little more resilient in those areas.
  • Instant results: There was still some redness, around my eyebrow area.
  • 10 mins after: No real lingering redness like last week. No irritation.
  • Next morning: My skin felt soft-ish, nothing to write home about. The only reason I feel like it does anything is because it basically rips your dead skin off. I can achieve that kind of result from exfoliating – and there is way less pain in that.
  • Visible change: Slightly fresher looking skin.

What the packaging says:

“A refreshing Peel-Off Facial Mask which works to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and unclog pores to reveal a freshand radiant complexion. Includes Pomegranate extract, known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and for fighting free radicals in the skin, and Vitamin E for its soothing and smoothing effects.”

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This week I left more space around the edge of my hairline and I didn’t join the mask all the way up. The areas I left free are the ones that hurt the most last week and I wasn’t doing that to myself again. This week it was still a little painful to remove.

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Starting the removal process from the ‘inside – out’ works better I think. I begin to flick the edges around my mouth and nose first and peel the mask away.

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The mask itself is quite heavy duty. It takes a lot for it to actually rip. So taking it off can be in one whole piece or two. It makes cleaning up easier. However the little parts that stay stuck on your face are annoying to remove, you can either peel them off or wash them off with warm water. Putting warm water on your face after this mask is a little uncomfortable so peeling would work better, but they’re kind of hard to get off so your either giving yourself more pain or waiting around with pink on your face.

Because the mask is so sturdy, next week I will be using it as a pore strip and see how that goes.

Pro Tips: Do not put this anywhere near hair lines. I am hesitant to use it again. I think this time I will only focus it in the centre of my face and not in any ‘peach fuzzy’ areas.

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Mask of the Month: BE Peel-Off Facial Mask Week 1 Review

So its time for my week 1 review of this months mask! This is one I will defiantly have to work with in order for it to be something I’d go back to, but have a read of how I went!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $5.99 Priceline
  • Target/Aim: ‘…to remove dead skin cells from the skin and unclog pores’
  • Skin Type: Doesn’t specify.
  • Smell: There isn’t really a smell, although it does kind of smell like glue. The scent is meant to be ‘pomegranate’ but I don’t smell it at all.
  • Texture: Thick, sticky, smooth.
  • Colour: Bright Pink!
  • Directions: “Cleanse face with your favourite BE Cleanser, and dry in preparation for the mask. Apply a thin, even layer of the mask to yourface and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area, lips and hair. Leave the mask on to dry for around 15 minutes or until completely dry. Once dry gently peel away the mask from the face. Do not pull away quickly. Wash off any remaining pieces of the maskwith warm water.Pat face and neck dry. Use once weekly or as required.”
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5-15 minutes
  • 5 mins in: As mask begins to set my skin feels tight, no irritation.
  • 10 mins in: Almost fully set, still no irritation.
  • Just before removal: When the mask is fully dry/set it looks shiney and kind of feels like wrinkly skin.
  • Removal process: AGONY! I felt like I was waxing my face!
    The mask is ready to remove when it starts to peel away from the face so I carefully started peeling. In the centre of my face was ok a bit rough, but much like a pore strip so it wasn’t so bad. HOWEVER, the outer edges clung to the peach fuzz on my face and it felt like it was ripping everything out. The mask didn’t meet my hair line, just like the packaging said and I didn’t use any fast peeling motions. It felt like it was pulling a layer of skin off. Any mask left on the skin can wash off with warm water and gentle rubbing motions.
  • Instant results: Redness! My skin felt soft-ish, but I didn’t really care because of the pain I was in.
  • 10 mins after: Still red. The redness lasted 2-3 hours.
  • Next morning: Redness gone. My pores didn’t look any clearer. My skin felt soft and looked nice.
  • Visible change: Slightly fresher looking skin.

What the packaging says:

“A refreshing Peel-Off Facial Mask which works to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and unclog pores to reveal a freshand radiant complexion. Includes Pomegranate extract, known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and for fightingfree radicals in the skin, and Vitamin E for its soothing and smoothing effects.”

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The mask is set, its shiney, and started peeling away from my face. All I did was gently pull it away. It feels strange (I think thats because its pink and kinda skin coloured), But around the chin and nose it didn’t hurt too bad.

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As soon as I got past the cheek though, it started to hurt a lot! It was clearly stuck to my face and you can see how much it was pulling at my skin! I had to take a break for a while as you can see my face already going red. And let me tell you, my face doesn’t go red for any old reason. This was intense!

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The aftermath. Redness. I thought it was a stain from the pink, but it didn’t stain my fingers after application or anything like that. This is irritation from the mask removal.
Pro Tips: Do not put this anywhere near hair lines. I am hesitant to use it again. I think this time I will only focus it in the centre of my face and not in any ‘peach fuzzy’ areas.

Do you have this mask? Did this happen to you? Let me know!

 

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Mask of the Month: Beauty Essentials Renewed Peel-Off Facial Mask

The mask I will be focussing on for April is the ‘Beauty Essentials Renewed Peel-Off Facial Mask’. Beauty Essentials (BE) is an affordable brand and I’m pretty sure its exclusive to Priceline. I love peel masks and I’m pretty excited to give this a go and let you guys know my thoughts!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $5.99 Priceline
  • Target/Aim: ‘…to remove dead skin cells from the skin and unclog pores’
  • Skin Type: Doesn’t specify.
  • Smell: There isn’t really a smell, although it does kind of smell like glue. The scent is meant to be ‘pomegranate’ but I don’t smell it at all.
  • Texture: Thick, sticky, smooth.
  • Colour: Bright Pink!
  • Directions: “Cleanse face with your favourite BE Cleanser, and dry in preparation for the mask. Apply a thin, even layer of the mask to yourface and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area, lips and hair. Leave the mask on to dry for around 15 minutes or until completely dry.Once dry gently peel away the mask from the face.Do not pull away quickly.Wash off any remaining pieces of the maskwith warm water.Pat face and neck dry. Use once weekly or as required.”

What the packaging says:

“A refreshing Peel-Off Facial Mask which works to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and unclog pores to reveal a freshand radiant complexion. Includes Pomegranate extract, known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and for fightingfree radicals in the skin, and Vitamin E for its soothing and smoothing effects.”

Pre Thoughts:

I’ve not used this yet but I’m pretty keen to. I do enjoy a good peel mask and I hope I’ll like this one! I’ll be using it once a week as that is what is recommended. I am however a little worried that I might have some slight irritations because I have dry skin but we’ll just have to see! The fact that it kinda smells like glue is a little worrying too, but I’m sure it’ll be fine, right? Right?!

Let me know if you’ve ever used a peel mask, or even if you’ve used this mask and tell me what your experiences were with it!

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Mask of the Month: SWISSE Manuka Honey Full Review

Mask one is DONE! It feels like I’ve been using this mask for years, but at least I know that I should  be able to give a pretty thorough review / know what my thoughts are for this product because I’ve been using it for so long! So lets get into the final review! First up with be my weekly review and then my overall thoughts!

  • Price: $17.99 at Priceline  $14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
  • Target/Aim: To detoxify and purify skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated
  • Skin type: Combination Skin – Well suited for congested and blemish prone skin
  • Smell: It has a cherry/medicin scent like a faint smell of red starburst
  • Texture: Smooth can feel a little gritty once it starts to dry
  • Colour: Dark grey
  • Directions: “Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the mask feels firm and dry, then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favourite Swisse natural oil and moisturiser. Recommended for use once to twice per week”.
  • Application: For this week I used the foundation brush technique and it is by far my favourite mode of application. I find I get an even coat of product and don’t have messy hands to transfer product all over my bathroom!
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5 – 20 mins.
  • 5 mins in: Mask is setting quick – I assume its because of the even coating and its quite thin.
  • 10 mins in: Mask is almost all set, still the same deal with my pores being a darker colour.
  • Just before removal: Face is fully dry, same areas are ‘dark’.
  • Removal process: I’ve been really liking the ‘soak a flannel in warm water and sit it on my face then gently wipe’ technique. I went out and bought some inexpensive ones from kmart that are a dark grey colour so they don’t stain my white towels. I defiantly suggest doing this!
  • Instant results: No negative reactions. Face is smooth and clear.
  • 10 mins after: Face is smooth, no irritation or redness. Skin is clear and bright.
  • Next morning: No breakouts this week like last week so that’s a plus. Skin feels soft still and smooth. Pores seem clear.
  • Visible change: Same as previous weeks.

Final Thoughts:

I think this mask is great if you like face masks. I feel like it is something that you’d add to your permanent beauty regime instead of it being a once off ‘fix all’ product. I feel like yes it did keep my pores clean after I’d used it and it did help draw out imperfections so I feel like if I was to continue using this product it might have a permanent positive reaction for my skin.

In my experience it did keep pores clear, my skin felt soft and smooth, it isn’t a hard or lengthy process to do twice or even three times a week, it is quite relaxing.

My final opinion is that if you were to use this mask twice to three times a week it would keep skin in a good condition I don’t feel like it is something you’ll use once and all of your problems will be fixed. Keep in mind that all skin is different and you will have to try it for yourself.

The mask does feel nice and I think it’d be a cool thing to get your girl friends over, have some wine and slap this all over your faces – using the foundation brush is a must! Removing this with a damp cloth is also the easiest way of removal (except for showering).

You get a decent amount in the tub as well. I thought there would be hardly any, but doing these posts I’ve used it at least 8 times and there is still plenty in the tub. I feel like for the price you could easily get 20 uses out of it making it approx <$1 per use. That’s pretty affordable in my book!

Final word: I recommend you trying it and seeing if it helps your skin. It kept my pores clear but didn’t really do much in the way of minimising them. I noticed a small difference nothing to write home about though!

So there you have it! My final review on the SWISSE Manuka Honey Mask! I’m excited to move on to the next mask. I hope you’re enjoying these posts as much as I am enjoying making them!

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Mask of the Month: SWISSE Manuka Honey 2 week review

Second week in to the Manuka Honey mask trials and I’ve got some more tips and tricks about the mask that I’m super keen to share with you!

The mask says to use it twice a week and thats what I’ve been doing, the first week I did it the same way both times, but this week I decided to experiment with different ways of application so its less messy and to get an even covered face. I’ve also been paying close attention to my skin reacting/benefiting from prolonged usage of the one product!

  • Price: $17.99 at Priceline  $14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
  • Target/Aim: To detoxify and purify skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated
  • Skin type: Combination Skin – Well suited for congested and blemish prone skin
  • Smell: It has a cherry/medicin scent like a faint smell of red starburst
  • Texture: Smooth can feel a little gritty once it starts to dry
  • Colour: Dark grey
  • Directions: “Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the mask feels firm and dry, then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favourite Swisse natural oil and moisturiser. Recommended for use once to twice per week”.
  • Application: This week I tried using just one finger to apply the mask to save on me transferring grey clay around my bathroom, it worked well but was a little bit more of a timely process and the mask was starting to set around the edges – still hard to get a precise line. The second time I used the mask this week I used a flat foundation brush: Using a brush meant I could get a precise line and not end up brushing mask into my hair and/or brows. It also meant I could apply an even layer over my entire face. I was worried that a heap of product would be eaten up in my brush and it’d be a waste but when I rinsed out the brush after application there was hardly any product in the bristles! That in my book is a win!
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes: Using brush technique. **
  • 5 mins in: As mask sets my face is feeling tight again.
  • 10 mins in: The area around my ‘problem area’ is a little tighter than the rest of my face. This might be a random thing or the mask is pushing the bad stuff from my skin in those areas.
  • Just before removal: Entire face is set. Because of the smooth application there weren’t any wet parts or sections that didn’t set.
  • Removal process: Because I was having no luck in the ‘splash and rub’ technique I decided to change up the removal process. The first time I did it this week, I simply got in the shower. I put the mask on before I was going to shower watched an ep of iZombie and then got in the shower. The second time I removed it (the time I used the brush to apply) I got a facewasher/flannel/face cloth whatever you may call them and wet it with warm/hot water (nothing that could cause a burn). I squeezed out the majority of the moisture and laid it on my face. The steam made the mask wet again and I just wiped it gently off my face. No mess, no fuss and the mask washes out of the face cloth super easy!
  • Instant results: Again no redness; safe to say I don’t have a reaction to this mask. Face is clear and smooth.
  • 10 mins after: My face feels smooth but not hydrated in any way like other masks do so moisturiser afterwards is a must. (it does say to add a moisturiser or oil after the mask in the directions so I guess they know whats up)
  • Next morning: No instant breakouts the next morning, however I’m not sure if my skin reacted to a product, or if its just hormonal breakouts OR if the mask is pulling out imperfections but I had quite blemished skin for the first part of the week. It did die down towards the end of the week and is fine now. Not sure if this will continue.
  • Visible change: Aside from the small breakout skin looks clear. No major ‘wow’ moments.

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You can see through the mask the uneven texture on my cheeks where I’d been getting these breakouts. This all went away – I’m not sure what the cause was. HOWEVER the mask didn’t make the breakouts any worse so, did it help in clearing them up?

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Now don’t mind the intense close up, this isn’t often the type of photos I like to post, because lets be real – its not that flattering. BUT the left side is before the mask and the right side is after. My pores are still largish, but you can tell that they’re cleared and even though there is still that texture there it doesn’t look as bad. So I guess thats proof that the mask is good at clearing out pores.

I hope you’re enjoying these posts if you missed week 1 click here. I’ve got one more week using this mask before my final write up and review and then on to the next mask!

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Monthly Masks!

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I’m so excited to be starting up a series on my blog for you guys! As you might have guessed from the title, I’ll be reviewing a mask (face mask or maybe a hair mask – oh the possibilities). There will be a range of different types of masks and hopefully some that everyone can enjoy! I have a list of some that I’ll be reviewing but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

I don’t have a strict skincare regime but I must say a face mask once or twice a week has become my little secret to fresh looking and feeling skin. But we’ll just keep that our little secret, yeah?

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Like I said there will be a range of different masks that I’ll be trying out and they will be at a lot of different price points. Hopefully whilst I’m on my mask hunt I’ll find some cheaper alternatives to some higher end masks for you! I really am so excited! I’ve got a range of different types all ready to go that range from: clay, charcoal, sheet mask and even some peel masks, I’ve also got some classic creamy masks and some good DIY masks for you to try out, too!

I’ll be starting the series with the newly risen to fame cult classic ‘SWISSE Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask’. There has been a lot of buzz about this product in particular and I thought It’d be a great spot to start off!

As I have dry skin, I’ll be trialling masks that are more suited towards that and also masks for ‘all skin types’ but I’ll also be doing a few cult classic masks that are more suited to oily skin to see if there are any side effects to dry skin gals/guys using them.

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Priceline 40% off Skincare Sale Haul

The first 40% off sale of the year has just been and gone at Priceline, did you pick anything up?

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Like most of these sales I have a mental list in my head, walk into the store then forget everything! I walked into Priceline with the intent on buying something, I got four things (3 from the same range) and one other that is probably one of the most talked about items of the moment for me and that is the Swiss Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask With Charcoal & Kaolin Clay. I’m in a few beauty groups on Facebook and about 2 weeks ago this was all any body was posting about. I don’t usually jump on the hype train but I love face masks, especially ones that I can put on, watch an episode or two of something, wait until it hardens and wash it off feeling refreshed and hope my skin doesn’t hate it! I’m yet to try this, but will let you know what I think!

The other items I picked up belong to the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range. I’ve talked about their day and night creams before (read it here) and have been eyeing off the rest of the range ever since. I recently picked up their sheet masks and I’ve fallen in love with them so I decided to pick up the remaining products from the range! I got the Moisturising Foaming Cleanser, Water Gel with SPF 15 UVA/UVB and the Eye Roll-On. I’ve not tried them on my face yet, only tested them on the back of my hand. They have the same satisfying scent as the other products and my hand has never felt so revitalised! If you have dry skin I highly recommend you try some products out from this range! Once I’ve used the products enough to know how they work / if they work I’ll be sure to do a post on the full range so if you’re interested make sure you stay tuned for that!

Swisse Manuka Honey Face Mask: $10.79 / $17.99AUD

Hydro Boost Cleanser: $8.99 / $14.99AUD

Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15: $14.99 / $24.99AUD

Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On: $11.99 / $19.99AUD

Original Cost: $77.96  Sale Cost: $46.76  Total Saving: $31.20

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Dry Skin Saviours!

Neutrogena: Hydro Boost.

Like I need another reason to go into Priceline, right? I picked up these two moisturisers that I’ve been eyeing off for a while. I saw the ‘Hydroboost’ range when they first came into Priceline but told myself I had to wait until my bank account was ready. (Yay discipline) I picked up a day cream and a night cream. Those are my favourite products to use as they’re low maintenance! However, there are two other products in the Hydroboost range that were sold out when I was shopping that I’m quite interested in getting. ANYWAY! Lets get to the product and why I like it!

Back Story: I have dry skin. I suffer from the occasional breakout (hormonal or bad food etc, but not a great deal) and some redness but other than that my skin is ok. Its just super dry. I combat this with moisturisers and they’ve been working in the past but I noticed that a lot of my skincare is actually by Neutrogena and I thought why not go pokemon on this and catch them all? So I decided to pick up these!

I love packaging of skin care! Its so cute, but chic and classy. The jars are simple and are really pretty shades of blue. They look lovely on my bathroom vanity. Inside each jar is a plastic cap/protector which I think is nice, it has a little ‘handle’ so you can easily remove it.

Water Gel: This is what I’m using as a ‘daily moisturiser’.

“With innovative Progressive Release System, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel continuously releases moisture for a full 24 hours. Its light-weight gel cream formula with Hyaluronic acid and Olive extract doubles your moisture levels in just 1 hour, for soft supple skin with a healthy looking radiant glow.”

So basically there are a lot of long words in that little passage but that is whats written on the box, but I gotta tell ya, they’re on to something. It also says to ‘apply generously and evenly over the face and neck daily after cleansing.’ So thats what I do. I cleanse my face etc in the morning and then slap a good amount of this on. It soaks into the skin so nicely. It doesn’t feel like there is a film on your face and it doesn’t go sticky or tacky either. I honestly think it does double the moisture in the skin within the first hour and keeps working for a full 24 hours. It brings life back to the skin with a natural, healthy looking ‘glow from within’ vibe.

Night Concentrate: This is what I put on my face right before bed!

“As skin cells renew at night, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate is specially formulated with Progressive Release System to continuously release intense moisture as you sleep. Vitamin E enriched beads combined with Hyraluronic Acid, Olive Extract and Iconic Mineral complex help to enhance skin texture and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, so you wake up to amazingly hydrated, soft and supple skin.”

Much like the day gel/cream this has a lot of big words and claims to do a lot. I don’t really have ‘fine lines’ (that I’m aware of, if you see some, don’t point them out, ignorance is bliss) but I do believe this would help with them! Once I put this on of a night time (this also says to apply nightly after cleansing) my skin soaks it up and loves it! It doesn’t feel sticky or anything and it doesn’t wipe off or transfer on to my pillows or anything which I’m happy about. The thing I care about the most is that when I wake up my skin feels so soft, smooth and plump? if thats a good adjective.

The product itself is really nice. The Water Gel (day cream/gel) has a blue look to it but it applies clear. It feels so nice so apply to the face. It feels cooling in a way, I can’t wait until its summer to feel how refreshing this is.

The Night Concentrate is more creamy than the Water Gel, but the feel equally as smooth and nourishing to the skin. The small blue beads in the Night cream aren’t hard at all, (like you’d find in some exfoliators) they melt into the skin without leaving any blue residue.

There is a smell to this product, it smells like faux cherry… like the medicine you had as a child or cherry starburst (thats what I think anyway) but it doesn’t linger for long and I don’t mind it so its not even an issue for me.

Both of these are: Dermatologist tested Allergy tested, Oil-free and Non-Comedogenic.

Final Thoughts: I’ve been using these for about a two months now and I’m loving them. I’ve had no reactions, my skin looks radiant, even under makeup – oh and makeup applies so beautifully over the top of the daily gel. The main problem area I had for makeup was my nose and my foundation applies so nicely over the top now. It feels nice to have a ‘dewy/glowy’ look to my skin when usually it was just dry and almost flakey. I think I might even start using ‘Matte Foundations’ and see how my skin looks/feels using the Hydroboost before application!

Thanks for reading! If you have dry skin and dry these products, let me know how you like them, or if you have any suggestions for your fave products leave them in the comments, I’d love to try them!

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