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.

Mecca Cosmetica Haul

I am allowing myself a little treat every pay day while in isolation, you know, just to keep morale up. Recently the lovely Anissa tweeted to say that the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes were available. I feel like I always miss out on the Beauty Loop boxes, so quickly I hopped onto the Mecca site to immediately place an order. Here’s what I purchased:

 


 

 

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – I have lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this mascara, it’s the only one I wear. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other people about how well this works for them, but it’s perfect for me and I’m not even tempted to try something new. Stick to what works!
 
Mecca Max Bring On Bright Illuminating Primer – This is another product I have repurchased a few times. I’ve even managed to turn both my best friend and mum on to using it, so it must be doing something right. As a primer it doesn’t seem to do much in the way of keeping my makeup on my face for extended periods of time, but it does give a lovely “glow” as a base.
 
Living Proof Restore Repair Leave In Conditioner – I have been loving my Aveda shampoo and conditioner products, but I’m finding the conditioner is not quite as heavy duty as my hair needs at the moment. I’m nearly finished with my current “leave in” product (Kevin Murphy ‘Staying Alive’), and I wanted to try something new. I’m curious to see how this works for me during winter because my hair has a tendency to get quite dry at the ends during the colder months.
 
Darphin Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum – True to tradition, my skin has been playing up a bit as we transition into a different season. My biggest concern at the moment is dryness, so I’m hoping this hydrating serum will help give my skin a bit of a boost. I’m a big fan of the Darphin skin care range (not so much the price tag) so I have high hopes that this will work well.

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: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

This is my new obsession. I’ve been a big fan of Pantene 3 Minute Miracle for many years now, so when I stumbled across this large tube at my local Coles I did a double take. What was this glorious gold tube? Was it my old school favourite, maximized? No… it’s a brand new favourite. A big ol’ tube of 3 minute miracle that you can use every single day. First things first, this smells AMAZING. Like, want-to-eat-it-but-don’t-because-poison amazing. Secondly, this really works. And it’s a much different experience from the original 3 minute miracle in that it’s far more lightweight and gentle on the hair. Which makes a world of difference if you have fine hair like myself. If you were a fan of the original, or if you’re just in the market for a new conditioner – pick this up ASAP. The Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner retails for $7.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline.

Product Review: L’Oreal Everstrong Shampoo & Conditioner

It’s been a long time since I posted a good ol’ fashioned product review, but this shampoo/conditioner duo has changed my life and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you all. Here’s a little description of my hair to give you an idea of what I’m working with: I have straight(ish), very fine hair, and a lot of it. My hair is generally prone to oiliness at the roots and dryness towards the ends. I’ve learned to live with most of my hair quirks, but my biggest issue with my hair lately is how tangled it gets after I wash it. Having to painfully comb through knotty wet hair at 5:30am when it’s freezing cold and I just want to be warm and dry is certainly not ideal. This shampoo & conditioner has made a world of difference, and I no longer need to use a detangler before I brush through my wet hair. I feel like it’s also made a difference to the quality of my hair day to day, I’m finding that I have less flyaways and generally it feels a lot softer and smoother. I love the smell of both products and I like that they don’t smell the same as each other. The shampoo is a Rosemary + Juniper scent and the conditioner is Rosemary + Mint, which is one of my all-time favourite hair product fragrances and makes for a great pick me up in the morning when I wash my hair. I’m raising this duo up to the top of the leader board of favourite drug store shampoo & conditioners. The L’Oreal Everstrong shampoo and conditioner retail for $15.95 AUD each, and are available for purchase from Priceline.