Adore Beauty Haul

This haul was basically just me indulging the voice inside my head who kept saying that I deserved to treat myself. And look, it’s been a hard couple of months. So why not? I had a few things in mind that I wanted to pick up so I decided to do an Adore Beauty Haul. Here’s what I picked up:

 


 

 

 

Aveda Nutriplenish Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner – I’ve really been loving Aveda hair care products lately. I recently walked past a salon near my office in the city and saw this range being advertised, so I decided to give it a go. It really does not take much to market to me, apparently. I’ve been using it since it arrived and I am a huge fan. I have quite fine hair and it is prone to getting tangled after I wash it (unless I use a deep conditioning treatment) but I’ve had no issues combing through my hair after using these products.
 
Glasshouse A Tahaa Affair Candle – Sebastian likes to have a candle in his home office, and because he’s currently working from home full time he is burning through them faster than usual. He is a major sweet tooth and a big fan of caramel everything (scent included), so I knew he would like this.
 
Circa Home Vanilla Bean Allspice Candle – Glasshouse have culled a lot of my favourite scents from their range, so I am on the hunt for a new candle for our main living space. The scent of this is more floral than I thought it would be, but it’s still a pleasant fragrance. I’m not sure yet whether I will repurchase it again for our living space, but we’ll see.
 
Philosophy Cinanmon Buns Shower Gel – The weather is getting colder in Adelaide, which apparently means I want to smell less like a piece of summer fruit and more like a delicious baked good. I’ve had my eye on this shower gel for a while now and it felt like the perfect cold-weather product to have in the shower. The smell of this is absolutely incredible and I am obsessed.
 
Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Whipped Body Cream – I like to have a lotion that is either neutral, or pairs well with my shower gel so I picked this up to use in conjunction with the Philosophy shower gel. I also figured as the weather gets cooler my skin gets drier, so the thicker the body lotion I’m using the better.

Product Review: Frank Original Coffee Scrub

Every now and then a product comes along that is surrounded by extreme hype, but for the most part I can them and eventually they fade away. The hype never really left the Frank Original Coffee Scrub, so decided to give it a go and popped it on my Christmas wish list. I ended up receiving both the original scrub and the peppermint scrub, but I decided to start with the original to see what all the fuss was about. This product certainly makes for a full on body scrub experience. First up – the smell is amazing. If you want a scrub that will kick-start you and wake you up in the morning, look no further. It’s especially good for me, as I can’t actually drink coffee but I do love the smell. The only downside to the smell is that it sort of lingers on the skin after you rinse it off, and I’m not a huge fan of products that do that. The scrub element itself is phenomenal. This is a heavy duty scrub, you can really feel it working away and getting the job done when you use it. And then of course there is the novelty element of you and your entire shower being covered in coffee grounds (don’t worry, it washes off). The scrub is vegan, cruelty free, and made in Australia. Frank Original Coffee Scrub retails for $16.95 and is available for purchase from Frank Body.

What’s In My Shower – Spring 2016

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – I’ve been using this as a standard body cleanser for years now, but lately I’ve reverted back to using it as a face cleanser as well. I’ve had some issues with dermatitis this winter, so I went back to basics in my skin care routine so I could figure out the source of the problem.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser – This is my all-time favourite cleanser, and one that you can guarantee I’ll always have sitting on my shower shelf. I’ve gone back to using this on a daily basis now that I’ve figured out it’s not a culprit in ‘dermatitis saga 2016’, and my skin is much happier for it.

Paula’s Choice Pore Normalizing Cleanser (sample size) – I picked up this sample sized cleanser the last time I placed a Paula’s Choice order, with the intent of my partner Sebastian using it to help keep his clogged pores at bay. I’ve been “borrowing” this to use as a spot treatment cleanser whenever I can feel a breakout brewing. A few of my friends have told me this is is a strong ass cleanser, and can be quite drying on the skin but I think because I only use it occasionally I haven’t seen any of the negative effects.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – This is a long-time favourite of mine, and I use it every couple of days as a manual facial exfoliant. I alternate between using this or my Eve Lom muslin cloth, depending on my mood.

St Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion – I’m dipping my toe into the world of self-tanning this season, and I thought a gradual tanner would be a good place to start. So far I am liking this product, although the fact that you have to leave it on in the shower for three minutes has restricted my use of it to evening showers (which I rarely have), and weekend use. Due to that, I am not yet a bronzed goddess… But watch this space.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – This is one of my favourite shower products, and one that I’ve repurchased quite a few times now. It feels like such a little luxury when I use this, it’s so luxurious and smells amazing.

Burt’s Bees Honey & Shea Sugar Scrub – I have to admit, body scrub is probably my least used shower product. However, considering I’m trying out different self tanners this season it’s become something of a necessity. This is another of my favourite products, and if you’re into gourmand scented body products it’s worth picking up for the scent alone.

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner – This is my go-to inexpensive hair cleaning duo, and one that really works wonders on my hair despite the low price point. I always return to these products when I’m at a loss with what to use, as they’re my old faithfuls and they’re guaranteed to leave my hair looking and feeling soft and smooth.

LUSH Big Shampoo – If you haven’t yet tried LUSH’s Big shampoo, what the hell are you waiting for? I try to use this one a week to deep clean my hair and give it a little bit of extra bounce and shine.

Product Review: Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturiser

I love Jergens, and apparently so does America as it’s their number one selling bodycare brand. *cue trivia music* I’ve been a fan of the fragrance free daily moisture from Jergensfor quite a while now, so I was really excited to try a new product from their body moisturiser range. I’ve been using the Shea Butter conditioning moisturiser for a couple of weeks now, and I’m happy to say that it was love at first try. It is quite a bit thicker than my usual go-to fragrance free moisturiser, and it’s perfectly suited for the colder weather. I also love the scent, I was trying for ages to figure out what it reminded me of and I settled on shortbread biscuits (delicious). The moisturiser feels thick and luxurious but applies easily to the skin and sinks in nice and quickly. It’s as gentle on my sensitive skin as the fragrance free moisturiser, which I am ecstatic about as ‘gentle’ is often not the case with a lot of other fragranced lotions. The Jergens Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Moisturiser retails for $7.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline. (please note: product was sent for consideration for review)

Product Review: Palmolive Body Polish

A truly great shower gel has to smell so good you want to eat it, right? Well if you agree with that statement you’re going to love these new releases from Palmolive. “An exfoliating bodywash gel, Palmolive Body Polish promises to renew and revitalize the skin with naturally derived super fruit extracts containing anti-oxidant properties.” Sounds pretty good, right? All three of these smell really good, and yes they do smell like something I want to eat. So that’s a win. My favourite of the three scents is Acai Berry. Something about it sent me right back to high school, it’s very reminiscent of something I used around that time. The lovely little trip I took down Nostalgia Lane while using this in the shower one evening was quite wonderful actually (isn’t it funny how a scent can instantly transport you away to a different time and place?). I really liked these as a shower gel, but to be honest they didn’t do much for me in the way of exfoliation. I’m used to sugar scrubs that really get in there and work at your skin, these are far more gentle. They work wonderfully as a shower gel, they lather up a lot, smell amazing, and leave the skin feeling smooth and moisturised. If you’re in the market for a cheap and cheerful body wash you can pick up while doing your groceries, definitely check these out. The Palmolive Body Polish retails for $6.99 AUD (for 400ml) and are available for purchase from major supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide (please note: product was sent for consideration for review).