Caroline Hirons x Cult Beauty Box of Dreams

Hi Everyone !!!
Today I’m going into greater detail on the Caroline Hirons for Cult Beauty Box of Dreams
This is the first time I’ve purchased one of Caroline Hirons curated boxes the main reason for purchasing was there were two products I was extremely interested in and one I’d purchased and loved previously.

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Whats in the Box 

The box retailed for $220 gbp for 6 items which individually would have cost $425 gbp as I live in Australia the price was minus 20% V.A.T so $315 aud for the box and $602 aud for the products individually so an incredible savings !!!!!

For a reference point it costs $260 aud for the Blue Cocoon alone when bought locally so this was a definite no brainer for me.

I’m very happy that I bought this box and I see its still available on the Cult Beauty website, I honestly believe its still available due to the inclusion of Blue Cocoon as people seem to be in two minds about that particular product. What I also appreciate is how it’s a full routine so you can use as shown or switch products from your own shelf and customise however you choose.

I would definitely consider purchasing the next box as in my mind if you are interested in or have previously used the most expensive item in the box and perhaps have been curious about one or two of the other items then you’ve already got your moneys worth.

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Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser

PRODUCT Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser

PRICE $52 gbp 120ml

SKIN TYPE All types

RECOMMENDED USE A pea sized amount massaged into damp skin and removed with warm water

A.M OR P.M Either, however best as a second cleanse in the evening as can not be used on eyes

HOW IT SMELLS Like you’ve been slapped by eucalyptus & peppermint

HOW IT FEELS Lovely and creamy

HOW MUCH DO I USE 2 peas as moderation is not my best quality

HOW OFTEN DO I USE Ive been enjoying almost nightly as my second cleanse

HOW DO I USE Apply to damp skin and give skin a lovely massage and then remove with a washcloth.

MY THOUGHTS Was so sceptical of this before using as I’m not a fan of the cleansing balm, however I have come to truly appreciate this. My skin feels thoroughly clean yet not stripped this leaves my skin feeling great and ready to absorb the next steps.

FACTS. This is an expensive cleanser if you have sensitive or reactive skin this may be to mush due to the inclusion eucalyptus and peppermint oil. Sample first if you can.

REPURCHASE Yes

INGREDIENTS Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Silt (Hungarian Mud), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Saccharomyces Ferment Extract, Zinc Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance), Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita(Peppermint) Oil, Phospholipids, Xanthan Gum

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Oskia Renaissance Mask

PRODUCT Oskia Renaissance Mask

PRICE $51 gbp 50ml

SKIN TYPE All

RECOMMENDED USE 1-2 times per week.

A.M OR P.M Either

HOW IT SMELLS Like Turkish Delight !!!!!

HOW IT FEELS Almost gel like to begin then a lovely creamy feel.

HOW MUCH DO I USE Roughly half a flat teaspoon

HOW OFTEN DO I USE Twice a week seems to be the sweet spot for me.

HOW DO I USE I apply a dollop and dot around my face then massage into skin until I have a nice white coating all over my face and neck. After 15 minutes I remove with a washcloth and warm water.

MY THOUGHTS This mask seems to be very active on my skin and when I remove my skin looks bright and glowing and my skin feels soft and hydrated.
FACTS Do not underestimate this product it definitely works in a gentle non inflammatory way due to the inclusion of Lactic acid and Papaya extract so a great buy if you aren’t a fan of glycolic acid. This is fantastic for dryer and mature skins as well which is what I have. It smells like childhood dreams and is a definite investment in healthy refined skin. This product has made me want to try more from Oskia Skincare

REPURCHASE Yes

INGREDIENTS Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Olivate, Methyl Sulphonyl Methane, Sorbitan Olivate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Inulin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Ribose, Petasites Japonicus (Butterbur) Root Extract, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, CI 77491 (Iron Oxide).

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DCL Multi Action Penta Peel

PRODUCT DCL Skincare Penta Peel

PRICE $58 gbp for 50 pads.

SKIN TYPE Technically most , however i would recommend for those used to stronger acids

RECOMMENDED USE Every 2nd day, swipe over face then remove with cool water after five minutes.

A.M OR P.M Either

HOW IT SMELLS  Strong chemical smell
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HOW IT FEELS Super tingly to begin with then once you’re accustomed just a slight tingle.

HOW MUCH DO I USE One pad

HOW OFTEN DO I USE I use 4 times per week of an evening.

HOW DO I USE After cleansing I use one pad over my entire face excluding eyes and lips, If the pad is still moist I run it over my elbows, knees and feet. I do not rinse off.

MY THOUGHTS I thought my face was going to fall off when i used the first 3 times my skin was not used to these specific acids in this particular formulation. Most start with glycolic or lactic. I took it very slowly and built my tolerance without compromising my skin. I now use 4 times a week without any redness or any tingle beyond a little one.

FACTS These are a strong acid in a combination rarely seen, I now know that this combination once I adjusted has brought evenness and glow to my skin. I truly appreciate this product.

REPURCHASE Yes.

INGREDIENTS Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Mandelic Acid, Phytic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine

 

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NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

PRODUCT NIOD FECC Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

PRICE $56 gbp for 15 ml

SKIN TYPE Any

RECOMMENDED USE One drop for each eye.

A.M OR P.M Both

HOW IT SMELLS Like nothing

HOW IT FEELS A very light easily absorbed watery texture

HOW MUCH DO I USE One drop each eye

HOW OFTEN DO I USE Twice a day

HOW DO I USE Apply one drop to the eye then gently tap in around the entire eye including the upper and lower lid.

MY THOUGHTS Hydration levels have massively improved in this area in the month since using ,absolutely astonished by how much difference this has made. Fine lines are lessened and a immediate firming feeling is visible.

FACTS One of the most sophisticated formulations on the market. The only down side is the dropper bottle , I really wish it came in a pump.

REPURCHASE Yes

INGREDIENTS Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Niacinamide, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Decapeptide-22, Oligopeptide-78, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-52, Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-50, Pentapeptide-18, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Heptapeptide-15 Palmitate, Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-18, S-Mu-Conotoxin CnIIIc Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Darutoside, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Zinc PCA, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Superoxide Dismutase, Escin, Ascorbic Acid, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Polyglucuronic Acid, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Arginine, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Lecithin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Silanetriol, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sorbitol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polyvinyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propyl Gallate, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenylpropanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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Leahlani Champagne Serum

PRODUCT  Leahlani  Champagne Serum

PRICE $34 gbp 30ml

SKIN TYPE All Skin Types (esp Dry or Sensitive)

RECOMMENDED USE Shake well before use apply a few drops at the serum stage of your routine also add to the Honey Lover 3-in-1 to boost antioxidant and anti inflammatory protection

A.M OR P.M Either

HOW IT SMELLS I find this to be the most fragrant oil I’ve used and sometimes find it quite overwhelming.

HOW IT FEELS Very light and easily absorbed , layers well with other products.

HOW MUCH DO I USE About 3-4 drops.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE 2 to 3 times a week.

HOW DO I USE Mainly by mixing with a hydrating serum and a balm mixed together in hands and massaged into damp skin. Also like applying to décolletage after sun exposure . Even though I use Spf daily I find it important to treat all exposed skin with the same care I do my face.

MY THOUGHTS Whilst this smells delicious and absorbs easily , I find its just not nourishing enough for my skin , which isn’t technically the main purpose. However for me when using oils at the serum stage it is what I look for.

FACTS It is chock full of beautiful antioxidant ingredients !!!!!!! All natural mainly tea based the inclusion of Rosehip and Calendula as always call to me as they do in any formulation. Also if these ingredients call to you , I believe its a excellent price point.

REPURCHASE No.

INGREDIENTS Organic cold pressed Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), cold pressed Chardonnay Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Chardonnay), organic cold pressed Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina), organic cold pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), essential oils of: organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla), organic Orange (Citrus Nobilis), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), Leahlani antioxidant cocktail: (organic Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), organic White Tea (Camellia Sinensis), organic Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus Linearis), organic Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), organic Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus) and LOVE (Aloha).

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May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon 

PRODUCT May Lindstrom Skin Blue Cocoon

PRICE $174 gbp 50ml

SKIN TYPE Any

RECOMMENDED USE Best massaged into damp skin.

A.M OR P.M Either

HOW IT SMELLS Like everything is possible

HOW IT FEELS A pressed oil that melts into skin.

HOW MUCH DO I USE I would say a thumbnails worth.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE 3- 4 times week currently, will return to daily use very soon.

HOW DO I USE How I use Again I like mixing this with other nourishing products and applying. Other times just as recommended. I warm in my hands to apply so that it is almost liquid again.

MY THOUGHTS  I’ve never experienced a product like this before from the intoxicating scent to the way my skin feels after use. My makeup sits perfectly on top. Or on a no makeup day its just leaves my skin dewy.

FACTS. Most either love or don’t . If you can sample I highly recommend it.

REPURCHASE Yes always yes ,this is my 3rd jar.
I have a more in-depth review on the blog already about the entire line.

INGREDIENTS *CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (CAMELLIA) SEED OIL, ***BUTYROSPERMUN PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, ***THEOBROMA CACAO SEED BUTTER, ***SCLEROCARYA BIRREA (VIRGIN MARULA) OIL, CALODENDRUM CAPENSE (YANGU) OIL, *ADANSONIA DIGITATA (BAOBAB) OIL, *TANACETUM ANNUUM (BLUE TANSY) OIL, **COMMIPHORA MYRRHA (MYRRH) OIL, *LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL, **BOSWELLIA CARTERI (FRANKINCENSE) OIL, *PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (GERANIUM ROSE) OIL, *VANILLA PLANIFOLIA CO2 TOTAL ESSENTIAL OIL, SCHISANDRA SPHENANTHERA CO2 FRUIT EXTRACT, *HELICHRYSUM ITALICUM (IMMORTELLE) OIL, RAVENSARA AROMATICA OIL.* *CERTIFIED ORGANIC
** WILD HARVESTED
*** FAIR TRADE, RAW & UNREFINED

So thats all I have to say about that, If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.

Thank you for reading I do hope you subscribe.

Genaya xx

 

Creating a Sleep Ritual

Due to working Night Shifts I find it extremely hard to adjust on my days off and have found myself unable to fall asleep before 6am which renders my time off almost completely useless. Therefore I’ve decided to try adopt a sleeping ritual in the hopes that by practicing this daily it will help my mind and body to find that balance necessary for slumber and thereby rendering my time off my own and not my pillows.

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December Empties !!!!

Hi everyone !!!!
If you are following me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/myskinandstyle/ you would have seen my recent empties post . I thought I’d just add some more details about each product so that you can have more of a feel for my thoughts.

Now some of these were gifted by the incredible Instagram #skincarecommunity and some were from #cultbeauty GWP . All of my friends who shared their goodies with me are mentioned below as well as links to their IG profiles. There is one link that belongs to a retail store , This is not an affiliate link . It also includes items that were gifted in exchange for review , I have included the link to my reviews accordingly.

If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask in the comments section.

Jordan Samuel SkinThe After Show Treatment Cleanser.
This is my favourite make up remover a beautiful gel to oil cleanser that melts make up from the skin including waterproof !!!! The naturally occurring fragrance is a result of the non-irritating and carefully selected ingredients that are skin loving and nourishing. Massage into dry skin then add a little water to emulsify , I prefer to use a washcloth at this stage to remove the remnants. Also lovely in the morning a nice dollop massaged into skin and left on to protect my skin in the shower.   https://www.instagram.com/jordansamuelskin/

Repurchase – Yes this was my 3rd tube.

Fresh Beauty- Soy Face Cleanser. This was gifted by a lovely Instagram friend https://www.instagram.com/thejamiequinn/ . As I’m not generally a fan of foaming cleansers I approached this with some trepidation and was pleasantly surprised !!! A small amount added to dampened skin and then splashed off provided me with a gentle morning or 2nd cleanse without leaving my skin feeling tight. A gentle and pleasant scent also.

Purchase– Yes.

Ayr SkincareAwaken Eye Serum. This product was gifted by Ayr Skincare in exchange for review which you can find here https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUdkvyleIw/?tagged=myskinandstylereview . I enjoyed the lightweight texture and rapid absorption definitely great for under eye hydration.

Purchase– Currently using another eye serum so in the future would buy this.

JurliqueRose Face Mist. This is very pretty and soothing a fantastic Australian natural brand that has an extensive hair, body and face line. For me its not my go to mist therefore its out.

Repurchase – No.

Indie LeeCoq10 Toner– This was a tricky one for me as I’ve previously used a full bottle of this. I’m not a fan of traditional toners, I prefer a mist or Acid toner at this stage in a routine whilst we are all aware of how great CoQ10 is for the skin , I’m afraid this product just isn’t my cup of tea although I know its beloved by many.

Repurchase– No unless it repackaged as a mist.

The Ordinary- Marula Oil. This was gifted by another lovely friend https://www.instagram.com/ms_hannah_e/ . I was so excited to try this !!!! I found it to be thicker than the African Botanics Marula Oil and yet yielded very similar results. My favourite way to use was mixed in with moisturiser which worked great for my face as well as body. Perfect for if you are suffering from sensitivity from using strong actives .

Repurchase– Yes

SerumtologieWhipped Facial Souffle. This was gifted by Serumtologie for review. Which you can find here – https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUdkvyleIw/?tagged=myskinandstylereview . Long story short I found it to be a great occlusive layer which would work absolute wonders in winter. Definitely for a dry/mature skin or one suffering from a compromised barrier. Other similar products which spring to mind at different price points are La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume & La Mer Soft Cream.

Repurchase– Yes I think its a handy one to have on hand.

 

Tom FordSantal Blush & Neroli Portofino. Loved both of these Santal Blush is warm, sexy and inviting a perfect scent for the cooler months. Whilst Neroli Portofino screams summer from the first sniff. Really important to sample fragrances before purchase especially at these prices !!!

Purchase: Yes to both

Dr BronnersCastille Soap – Citrus & Rose These are just really basic well performing body washes the scents of both were lovely without being overbearing. I enjoy this brand a lot.

Repurchase Yes again and again

Leahlani SkincareBohemian Ruby Toner. This is targeted towards a dryer or mature skin however I think it would be a joy for all skins. Check out my review under the Skincare header for more info.

Repurchase Yes

Jacqueline EvansCastille Cream Cleanser. Was fortunate to receive this in a gwp over Christmas. Would not have tried this otherwise as it didn’t appeal on face value. However this is absolutely beautiful A heavier cream cleanser with a light citrus scent (naturally occurring ) Felt like id given my skin a valium, provides a great amount of slip for massage ad removes easily with a washcloth .Left skin feeling soft and calm.

Purchase Yes

Jordan Samuel SkinHydrate . Absolutely brilliant hydrator for the skin , I cant go a day without using. Essential for building those first layers of hydration and Vitamin C needed to give us our best skins. Skin Basics must have. And the price is incredible !!!

Repurchase On my 5th bottle and already planning my 6th.

The Ordinary- Advanced Retinoid 2% . I think this is what everyones first retinol should be. Gentle & effective , I often like to use when I’m giving my skin a little break from harsh actives and as always I still want my best skin. Also this would be fantastic to add to a really simple base cream for body care which I like to do at least once a week.

Repurchase Absolutely will pick up my 3rd bottle of this soon.

SisleyFloral Toning Lotion. Another gift, linked the IG account in the Fresh Cleanser overview.. Smells delicious and light , alcohol free so doesn’t disrupt sensitive skins and whilst on the luxury side of the skincare scales , you do get over 250ml of product. I have many mists or toners that would cost a hell of a lot more if they were sold in this size. I decanted half of this into a atomiser and it was beautiful using that delivery system other wise i just gently wiped with a cotton pad.

Purchase Yes if I’m in the mood for being spendy, As i don’t believe mists and non acidic toners are essential to a routine.

La MerThe Soft Cream & Genaissance What can I say my heart remembers when La Mer first launched in Australia and I rushed out to buy it. I think its a wonderfully occlusive cream and enjoy tapping it over eye serums so that i can absorb all the hydration I can bear. As for Genaissance there was only 7ml in the sample therefore not enough for me to be convinced I needed to drop $840 aud on it . If I’d looked even 1 year younger after using I would have sold someones kidney to get it. Don’t worry you’re all safe.

Repurchase The cream yes , already have. The serum NO

Max & MeCircle of Protection & Sweet Serenity Balm. These are both beautiful products that were sent to me by a friend and the balm from a store these are there Instagram accounts if you’re interested https://www.instagram.com/space.of.beauty/ https://www.instagram.com/iamnaturalstore/, I thoroughly enjoyed both of these green beauty treats. I’ve been fortunate enough to also try the mask & wash and cleanser which my friend https://www.instagram.com/lisa_loves_skincare/ sent me samples of. Needless to say you will see this brand in full size at some point this year.

Purchase Yes.

Dr Dennis Gross- C+Collagen Serum & Deep Cream. I’ve been a fan of Dr Dennis Gross Skincare for a long time, it was the first at home acid peel I ever used and still go back to time and again. Its very difficult to judge creams and serums in terms of results in less than a full skin cycle. So its more of a first impressions on these. The Serum had a lovely texture and absorbed well without pilling underneath other products, It felt gentle on the skin and no adverse effects . The cream felt deeply hydrating and I loved the medium weight of it no scent really to speak of. My skin felt moisturised all day and it sat beautifully under makeup.

Purchase At this stage I just didn’t have a feeling for the serum, would like to sample again. As for the cream it definitely has my name on it soon.

Sol de JaneiroBum Bum Cream. Smells delicious and because I live on these edge also used on my boobs . Both B’s loved it !!!!! Skin feels lovely and soft after using when I’m feeling extra dry its really nice layered over oil.

Purchase Yes and I want to explore more of their range as well.

OribeDry Texturising Spray & Volumising Spray. These were both great products that performed exactly how they were meant to.

Purchase I don’t feel the need to have either but if I’m feeling spendy then we all know whats going to happen lol.

Thank you so much if you made it this far !!!! And if you didn’t then you’ll never know how much I appreciate the fact you even started lol. If you enjoyed please subscribe , If you didn’t then like flatulence its best kept to yourself haha.

Have a great day everyone
Genaya xx

Natasha Denona & Wayne Goss

Its hard to believe that only 6 months ago my eyeshadow and brush collection consisted of one matte shadow palette and about 2 eyeshadow duos, the brush collection was an assortment of what came with everything and a little budget set from the supermarket plus a Nars cheek brush..

Fast forward and as we’re approaching Christmas I’ve now got 2 Natasha Denona Palettes – Star and now Sunset , Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills . In the brush department I now enjoy 6 Sigma brushes and 3 Wayne Goss brushes all for eyes !!!!!

To say eyeshadow has become fun and experimental for me is an understatement, I truly look forward to applying my makeup now and hope to get better at it. I don’t feel I need to add anymore eyeshadows to my collection as every shade and finish I could want I have.

I will be adding more brushes though as I’d like doubles of the latest ones and to add more so that I can build up a proper assortment for my base products.

The below items were purchased from BeautyLish I love how fast their delivery is !!!!!!

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Natasha Denona Sunset Palette Exterior

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Natasha Denona Sunset Palette

I was quite intimidated by these shades at first and yet can honestly say that every single one is beautiful , the glitter shades are incredible and I use my finger to apply. The shimmers are unlike anything else I’ve ever seen and the mattes are so creamy its a dream to blend..

The amount of looks that are possible from this palette are astounding and I can do subtle or extreme without having to reach for another product which is ideal, I find myself very drawn to brights and warm shades but previously didn’t believe that it would be suitable I’m so happy I was drawn out of that mindset by the encouragement of supportive friends on Instagram.

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Wayne Goss Brushes No 6, 16, 18

As I follow Wayne Goss on YouTube I’d heard about his brushes a long time ago however I wasn’t into eyeshadow so they seemed unnecessary , with my new interest though I thought it was time to try them and my goodness am I glad I did !!!!!

Blending eyeshadow is an absolute dream with these they just make everything easier over time I would like to purchase his entire collection . I started with these three No 16 and 18 are awesome for both crease and all over colour they practically blend as you apply. The No 6 I use for patting shades onto the lid its so soft !!! I will be purchasing a second set of No 16 & !8 as I’m astonished at how much quicker they make everything.

So thats all the new makeup you will be seeing for awhile as I’m in a happy place with my selection. I will be purchasing new base products but not until the new year.

Please let me know in the comments if you would like me to post some makeup looks using my new palettes ??

Hope you enjoyed and subscribed !!!!

Thank you for reading

Genaya xx

New In Hair & Body & Face.

Hi everyone !!!!

I hope you’re all well , just thought I’d share some other bits and pieces that I’ve had arrive recently. I’ll start with body washes as I’m always hunting for more ,never found the perfect one as my preferred scent is always based on my mood.

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Dr Bronners Limited Edition Earl Grey & sampler 6 pack

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to smell like tea lol, I actually couldn’t . Also they had a cute little sampler pack and as I’ve only tried the peppermint before thought this would be a great opportunity to try some new scents.

And now for some hair and face !!!!!!

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Pureology & La Roche Posay

Now for those of you who know what I get up to on Instagram are aware I bought some products and qualified for the Cult Beauty GWP which had Pureology shampoo and conditioner mini’s , Its the Fullfyl range which is formulated to boost density and thickness whilst protect colour, now I don’t colour my hair but find these formulas less drying ,well as you can see above I enjoyed them so much I’d decided to purchase.

I purchased from an Australian site Adore Beauty during the Black Friday sales where they were 20% off. There was also a 30% discount on La Roche Posay !!!! so I stocked up on SPF I really enjoy their Anthelios range its 50+ and this is my preferred everyday SPF for reapplication . It came with a UV patch I will include a link to the website so that you can read what it does. It’s quite an interesting idea !!!!

https://www.laroche-posay.com.au/article/Save-Your-Skin-UV-Patch/a27999.aspx

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Le Labo Body Cream

Was really excited to find that Le Labo has extended their range . I couldn’t resist picking this up . Its very rich and super hydrating I just love layering this over an oil, although now that we are entering summer just this will suffice .

This is a vegan plant based formula , rich in avocado , shea butter and coconut oil the scent is Hinoki which to me has citrusy top notes with a slight green base note. So refreshing yet not loud. It doesn’t overwhelm any fragrance you would follow with, nor does it drown the scent of anything you may layer underneath it. This is available from Mecca Cosmetica in Australia and New Zealand.

Will definitely purchase more from their new basics range !!!!

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GHD Curve Tong Premium Gift Set

In my never ending search for the perfect “I woke up like this” soft wave , I purchased the above set,  as you can see it is a large barrel curling tong which is incredibly easy to use and can give a variety of looks. This set also included a nail polish I may never use and a brilliant case to either store it in or travel with.

I’m looking forward to trying some different looks with this. Whilst my hair is naturally wavy I do enjoy the more defined look a tool such as this can provide.

So we’ve come to the end of todays post. If you have any questions or recommendations please let me know below.

I hope you enjoyed and subscribed !!!!

Genaya xx

Leahlani Skincare (Hawaiian Magic)

Hi there everyone !!!

Thought I would share my reviews on Leahlani Skincare made famous on social media for their Mermaid Mask and we all know that mermaids and unicorns are the backbone of Social Media lol.

I’m not fascinated by either and didn’t jump on the mermaid wagon until quite recently , I have been very curious about the Champagne Serum since Caroline Hirons mentioned it in her Fave Fives in July of 2016 and she has also included it in her Box of Dreams collaboration with Cult Beauty.

This serum was kindly gifted to me by a friend. I will do a summary after the reviews so without further ado ……

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Leahlani Skincare – Honey Love

PRODUCT Honey Love 3-in-1(cleanser/exfoliator,mask)

PRICE $71.50 AUD for 118ml

SKIN TYPE All skin types (esp Oily/Combo/Acne Prone)

RECOMMENDED USE After cleansing apply to a moist face in circular motions for a couple of minutes, leave on up to 5 minutes as a mask. Remove with warm water.

A.M OR P.M Either.

HOW IT SMELLS To me it smells like a delicious berry desert.

HOW IT FEELS Like Jam or to my U.S readers Jelly

HOW MUCH DO I USE I like to scoop up a dollop the size of a grape.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE Twice a week is perfect for me.

HOW DO I USE I like to use in the morning as I find it such a lovely product that it starts my day off just right. I rinse my face with cool water then stir the jar so the crystals are evenly dispersed. I then scoop up a dollop and massage into my face using circular motions avoiding the eye area. I like to gently massage for around 3-5 minutes before splashing off in warm water. I then finish with a washcloth moistened with cool water and gently pat my face.

MY THOUGHTS I really didn’t know what to make of this , it has a very thick texture and I found it very hard to stir !!!! Once I managed to do that and used I wasn’t sure of the smell and a little concerned about the crystals as I was slightly fearful they would scratch my skin. The consistency was very easy to spread on a moistened face and the exfoliating aspect felt thorough not harsh. I found it also rinsed off a lot easier than the original texture would lead you to believe. To test if the crystals were causing micro tears in the skin I used my P50w acid exfoliator straight afterwards and there was no stinging. So I felt confident to continue using, It also became easier to stir the product the more I used .

FACTS The material used for physical exfoliation in this product is Corundum Cystals. Corundum is a rock-forming mineral that is found in igneous , metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. It is an aluminium oxide with a chemical composition of Al2O3 and a hexagonal crystal structure.
The mineral is widely known for its extreme hardness and for the fact that it is sometimes found as beautiful transparent crystals in many different colours. The extreme hardness makes corundum an excellent abrasive.

REPURCHASE Yes I’ve really come to enjoy this and I think the price point is perfect for this range , I would consider this to be in the middle of the market, price wise. I believe you could easily have 3 – 4 months of use with this product.

INGREDIENTS Organic Hawaiian Raw Honey, organic wildcrafted whole Maqui Berry Fruit (Aristotelia chilensis), organic wildcrafted whole Noni Fruit (Morinda citrifolia), Rose Clay, organic Hibiscus Flower (rosa sinensis), organic Lavender Flower (Lavandula Angustifolia), organic cold pressed Jojoba Oil, Essential oils of: (organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita) , organic Orange ) Citrus sinensis); organic Vegetable Glycerin, Corundum Crystals and LOVE (Aloha).

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Leahlani Skincare _ Mermaid Mask

PRODUCT Mermaid Mask

PRICE $47.50 AUD for 50ml

SKIN TYPE All Skin Types

RECOMMENDED USE Stir contents before use then apply a small amount to damp skin, Leave on for 5-15 minutes before removing with warm water then finish with a cool splash.

A.M OR P.M Either

HOW IT SMELLS Like beautiful honey, flowers and the ocean

HOW IT FEELS Very thick texture again which turns into an easily spread yet still sticky honeyed goo.

HOW MUCH DO I USE A small dollop like the size of an olive.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE Once or twice a week depending on mood and skin .

HOW DO I USE I like to cleanse and exfoliate first , then dampen skin with a lovely mist . I then scoop up a dollop and apply to my nose I then start massaging outwards until my face is evenly coated. I massage off in warm water then use a cool damp wash cloth to wipe my face afterwards.

FACTS This is filled with incredible ingredients including ones that most of us take for internal supplements.

MY THOUGHTS This is another texture I found difficult to start using. Once I figured that out ,I’ve really come to enjoy using it I find it such a uplifting fragrance and the fact it can work in under 15 mins makes it a great morning mask for me. My skin looks bright and feels soft after use and also feels clean and not tight , which is sometimes a tricky balance to find.

REPURCHASE Yes I really like masking on a daily basis and this is a wonderful natural alternative to my typical sheet masks usage.

INGREDIENTS organic Hawaiian Raw Honey, organic Hawaiian Spirulina (Spirulina Maxima), pure organic Chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris), French Green Clay, pure Sea Clay, Luminess Algae, organic Sea Buckthorn CO2 (Hippophae Rhamnoides), Vanilla CO2 (Vanilla Planifolia), Essential oils of: organic Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Moroccan Chamomile (Tanacetum Annuum ), Roman Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla), Bee Balm (Monarda Fistulosa) , Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), Palmarosa (Cymbopogon Martini), Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Ylang Ylang (Canaga Odorata), Rose (Rose Damascena), White Lotus Flower Absolute (Nelumbo Nucifera), Beeswax Absolute (Apies Millifera), Coriander Seed (Coriandrum Sativum); and LOVE (Aloha).

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Leahlani Skincare – Bohemian Ruby

PRODUCT Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toner

PRICE $47.50 AUD for 100ml

SKIN TYPE Sensitive/Dry

RECOMMENDED USE Shake bottle before each use, Use as often as you like.

A.M OR P.M Anytime, Anywhere

HOW IT SMELLS Geranium is what comes across the most to me.

HOW IT FEELS Light and comforting

HOW MUCH DO I USE I use 4 -5 sprays each time , the spray is very fine.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE Very Often !!!!

HOW DO I USE generally use after cleansing , pre masking and post masking. I also like to use after applying balms.

MY THOUGHTS I love mists !!!! Even though its one of the steps you can definitely do on a budget or forgo altogether it just makes me feel indulgent whether I’ve spent $10 or a hell of a lot more. This mist I really appreciate due to the inclusion of calendula which is one of my favourite ingredients for healing and soothing my skin. This mist is calming for the skin and the aroma is equally calming . Definitely a beautiful mist with lots of skin loving ingredients .

FACTS The inclusion of Aloe, Calendula, Blue Tansy and Rosehip are what really set this apart from many mists in this price range and many above and will make this a permanent part of my misting wardrobe.

REPURCHASE Yes !!!!

INGREDIENTS Water (aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Calendula officinalis (Flower) Extract, Saccharomyces/Sea Silt Ferment (Hawaiian), **Tanacetum annum (Blue Tansy) Essential Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranuim) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) extract, *Rosa Sinensis (Hibiscus) Fruit Powder, *Vegetable Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Aloe barbadensis Leaf, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Powder and LOVE (Aloha).

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Leahlani Skincare – Champagne Serum

PRODUCT Champagne Serum

PRICE $47.50 AUD for 30ml

SKIN TYPE All Skin Types (esp Dry or Sensitive)

RECOMMENDED USE Shake well before use apply a few drops at the serum stage of your routine also add to the Honey Lover 3-in-1 to boost antioxidant and anti inflammatory protection

A.M OR P.M Either

HOW IT SMELLS I find this to be the most fragrant oil I’ve used and sometimes find it quite overwhelming.

HOW IT FEELS Very light and easily absorbed , layers well with other products.

HOW MUCH DO I USE About 3-4 drops.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE So far I only used about twice a week.

HOW DO I USE Mainly by mixing with a hydrating serum and a balm mixed together in hands and massaged into damp skin. Also like applying to décolletage after sun exposure . Even though I use Spf daily I find it important to treat all exposed skin with the same care I do my face.

MY THOUGHTS I was very fortunate to be gifted this bottle by a friend for whom it didn’t work out, She has a more combination skin that is sensitive to essential oils. If you have a similar skin type I wouldn’t recommend . I never used this consistently enough to form a solid opinion as to whether this actually worked for me results wise. I look forward to being able to enjoy a more focused routine in the New Year.

FACTS It is chock full of beautiful antioxidant ingredients !!!!!!! All natural mainly tea based the inclusion of Rosehip and Calendula as always call to me as they do in any formulation. Also if these ingredients call to you , I believe its a excellent price point.

REPURCHASE Due to the Caroline Hirons & Cult Beauty box of dreams containing this I will be including this in my routines in the new year so I can truly measure its worth to me personally.

INGREDIENTS Organic cold pressed Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), cold pressed Chardonnay Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera Chardonnay), organic cold pressed Rosehip Oil (Rosa Canina), organic cold pressed Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), essential oils of: organic Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla), organic Orange (Citrus Nobilis), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), Leahlani antioxidant cocktail: (organic Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis), organic White Tea (Camellia Sinensis), organic Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus Linearis), organic Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), organic Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus) and LOVE (Aloha).

SUMMARY

Overall I find this a very interesting brand, If you are sensitive to essential oils then I would caution against it . However if you’re not then this is beautiful brand to investigate further.

The pricing is definitely mid range in the world of Green Beauty and the ingredients are extremely good and address many concerns that those of us hoping to age as gracefully as possible are drawn too. There is an excellent balance of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients in every product.

The scent of the Champagne Serum as I’ve written is extremely strong to me, yet not a deal breaker but definitely something to be aware of. I’m interested to try the Siren Serum and Meli Glow mask next as I’m really enjoying the masking sensations both in a sensory and results way.

Also feel its important to note that most “Serums” in the Green Beauty world are usually oils. As I saw Josh Rosebrook write once , its easier for people to understand that its equally as potent and should be used at that stage of a skincare routine when labelled as a serum than as an oil. Which made sense to me personally.

Again the above are my thoughts and how my skin reacted to the products, all skins and preferences are individual and fortunately this is not a world of one size fits all. All products featured except the Champagne Serum were purchased by me, I bought Honey Love from Cult Beauty and the Mermaid Mask and Bohemian Ruby Toner from I Am Natural Store.

Thank you for reading , I do hope you enjoyed and subscribed.

Genaya xxx

New In Beauty !!!

Hi Everyone !!!

I’ve been shopping at Sephora again.

Really focused on building up my Makeup bag , I was quite shocked at how little I actually have !!!! I’ve really been enjoying playing with new eyeshadow looks and wearing makeup. Generally makeup has always felt like a necessity and I’ve not taken joy in it.

That has really been changing over the last few months as I’ve no doubt this and future posts will prove !!!!

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Huda Beauty Lip Strobe Kit

Honestly this packaging is so divine !!!!!! And massive I now use the container to store all my liquid lipsticks and glosses .

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Trophy Wife/Shameless

This is what came inside a full sized lipliner in Trophy Wife with matching Liquid Lipstick and the strobing mini in Shameless which is applied in the centre of the lip to give the illusion of fuller lips.

So far I’m really enjoying this combination and have worn several times already.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

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Modern Renaissance

I’m way behind the crowd on purchasing this and am so happy that I finally did !!!!! Everything I’ve heard and seen about this palette is true it is absolutely stunning , never thought I’d wear these pinks and reds yet I’m completely besotted with them.

The strength of pigment and ease of blending is outstanding and so much fun can be had from playing around , also many mishaps lol.

During this shopping spree I also picked up some Beauty Blenders and cleansers which made me eligible for a free gift.

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Sephora Australia GWP

The above was the gift which included Marc Jacobs Mascara, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick & Concealer , Nudestix Matte Lip Crayon , Marc Jacobs Gel Liner and Huda Beauty Faux Mink Lashes .

Will definitely enjoy sampling these goodies as I’m trying to make my way through the makeup jungle , the lashes will be given to a friend as I’m not yet ready to take that step .

So I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and if you have any ideas of products or brands you think I might enjoy please comment below !!!!

Please subscribe if you’ve liked what you see and want to be alerted to more !!!

Genaya xx

November Empties !!!!!

November Empties!!!
From Luxury Organic to Budget

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New In – Supplements !!!!!!

Thought I’d share all of the new supplements I’ve purchased and looking forward to trying. Some are repurchases and others I’m trying for the first time . I will let you know which is which.

I’ll start with a new brand that I’m trying , I recently discovered Inner Ego Apotheca a company based in Perth, Australia thanks to the wonderful Maslow&Co subscription box service. Which in the last box included a sample of Inner Ego’s Immortal powdered supplement.

The taste was delicious !!!! And led to me tracking them down and ordering the sample kit. For $39 aud I received the entire supplement range to explore. Whilst I can’t speak to any results nor share my thoughts in any depth as yet, I still thought i’d share with you all. As I will be reviewing in more depth in a month.

Also they are all housed in black miron glass to preserve the nutritional integrity of the contents. I just love this touch whilst its about preservation , The luxury packaging makes me want to keep it out of the cupboards, so more chance of it ended up in my belly as it should.IMG_6459

THE HEALER
This is for anti inflammation and immunity support can also help balance digestive system.

INGREDIENTS: Dandelion Root, Orange Peel Powder, Slippery Elm, Ginger, Aloe Vera Root, Chamomile, Maitake and Turmeric. (all organic or wild-grown)

THE POWERFUL
To enhance and help increase energy levels and focus.

INGREDIENTS: Maca, Coconut, Ashwaganda, Rhodiola, Lemon Peel Powder, Korean Ginseng, Shisandra Berry and Pine Pollen (all organic or wild-grown)

THE DREAMER
This is intended to calm and quiet the mind to prepare for rest.

INGREDIENTS: Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Valerian Root, Reishi Mushroom, Ashwaganda, Lavender, Coconut, Cinnamon and Stevia Leaf (all organic or wild-grown)

THE IMMORTAL
Filled with lots of internally beneficial antioxidants that also benefit the skin externally.

INGREDIENTS: Raw Cacao, Pomegranate, Gogi Berry, Rhodiola, Acai, Dulse, He Shou Wu, Gubinge and Shiitake (all organic or wild-grown)

 

 

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Also needed to restock some Inner Health goodies.

The Beauty Chef is my favourite brand of supplements as the focus is gut health , I restocked the Antioxidant and replaced Hydration with Collagen. I just couldn’t handle the coconut in Hydration. The ingredients are listed below.

COLLAGEN
Flora Culture Plus (Certified Organic Blueberry Powder, Certified Organic Papaya Fruit Powder, Certified Organic Acai Powder, Goji Berry Powder, Certified Organic Maqui Berry Powder, Grape Seed Extract, Pomegranate Powder, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, L. Casei, L. Planetarium, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, L. Bulgaris, L. Lactis, L. Fermenti, Saccharomyces Boulardi, S. Cerivisiae), Glycerol (422) (derived from sustainable Palm), Zinc Gluconate, Ascorbic Acid.

ANTIOXIDANT
Flora Culture Plus (Certified Organic Papaya Fruit Powder, Certified Organic Papaya Leaf Powder, Pomegranate Powder, Certified Organic Papaya Seed Powder, Green Tea powder, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, L. Casei, L. Planetarium, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, L. Bulgaris, L. Lactis, L. Fermenti, Saccharomyces Boulardi, S. Cerivisiae), Glycerol (422) (derived from sustainable Palm), Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopheryl Acid Succinate).

SYNERGY NATURAL 100% ORGANIC SUPER GREENS TABLETS

Spirulina (33%), Barley Grass leaf powder (25%), Wheat Grass leaf powder (25%), Chlorella (17%).

 

Will be reviewing The Beauty Chef range in full in the next few weeks as I’ve been using for about 9 months now and feel I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Thank you for reading and I do hope you subscribe xx

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*All products were purchased by me.

 

 

 

 

 

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE P50w

PRODUCT Biologique Recherche P50w

PRICE $27 usd – 1.7 oz $65 usd – 5.1 oz $98 usd – 8.5 0z                                                                              Approximately $35 – $130 aud

SKIN TYPE Sensitive. This is the most gentle formula with an emphasis on anti-inflammatory ingredients.

RECOMMENDED USE To begin they recommend using damp cotton pads using a pressing motion then graduating to dry pads using a pressing motion and not going over the same area twice.

A.M OR P.M Either for some both.

HOW IT SMELLS Medicinal.

HOW IT FEELS You know its on the skin ,slight tingling a 1/10 on my tingle scale

HOW MUCH DO I USE I use enough to moisten 2 cotton pads, not wet just slightly damp.

HOW OFTEN DO I USE 2-3 times per week , I will be increasing to 4 times per week in the evenings now we are approaching summer.

HOW DO I USE I apply to cotton pads and alternate pressing motions with tapping and focus heavily on areas of prime importance. Once face is done i gently wipe down the neck to decolletage. Also completely guilty of rubbing backwards and forwards over my face depending on my mood. Haven’t noticed any adverse effects from doing so.

MY THOUGHTS I find this to be a wonderful acid toner, its the gentlest of all P50 exfoliants yet by no means does that make it less effective if anything it promotes me to use more regularly as i don’t fear over exfoliation. A wonderful acid for a beginner and a beautiful maintenance acid for an experienced user.

FACTS The inclusion of niacinamide is fantastic as its a well known and proven ingredient for skin clarity . Lactic Acid is also my favourite acid for exfoliation presently as it suits my dryer skin perfectly as does the inclusion of glycerin. My skin never feels taut after using this exfoliant.

REPURCHASE Absolutely also interested in trying the PIGM 400 version and the original P50 1970 . My Biologique Recherché experience is limited , however I will be changing that in a major way in the New Year.

INGREDIENTS Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Niacinamide, Vinegar (Acetum), Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Bonzoate, Sulfur

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask in the comment section.

Thank you for reading and i do hope you enjoyed and subscribe xx