Product Review – Ren Flash Hydro-Boost

I received a Mecca Voucher from my girlfriends for my birthday last year, and decided to pick up a couple of new things to try. One of which was the Ren Flash Hydro-Boost. I had no idea what to expect with this product, as I did absolutely no research before purchasing it. All I knew was that Ren was a highly recommended brand by many of my favourite beauty lovers, and that I wanted something that could add a little bit of extra hydration to my skin. This product is different from anything I’ve used in the past, in that once you apply it you actually have to dab water onto your face to activate it. It sounds a bit weird, but it really does seem to work. I use this a couple of times a week when I feel like my skin needs a bit of an extra moisture boost, and I honestly think that results are obvious on the day that I use it. My skin somehow looks plumper and my makeup seems to sit a lot nicer on my skin. If you feel like your skin needs a bit of extra hydration this summer, I’d highly recommend picking this up. The Ren Flash Hydro-Boost retails for $64 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca.

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.

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.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine

I was sent the new range of Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine lipsticks for trial and review, and was pleasantly surprised when they showed up at my door. I’ve swatched the range of shades below –

Shades from top to bottom: Pink Rules, Red-y Set Go, Glow-Rious Pink, Spin All Spring, Woke Up Like This, and Better and Brighter.

You can see just how moisture-rich the lipsticks are in the second shot in natural light. This moisture does transfer to the wear on the lips, and they feel slick and smooth on application. The only downside to this is that it means the more intense colours can be prone to “slipping” a little bit, which could be something to consider if you’re like me and struggle when wearing anything other than a matte ‘bold’ lip. As some of the colours in the range don’t suit my colouring or style, I took them to a recent catch up with my girlfriends and they were snatched up quickly. There is a shade in the range to suit almost anyone, and these are definitely worth stopping to check out (and swatch) next time you come across of a Rimmel display. The Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer Shine lipsticks retail for $13.95 AUD and are available for purchase from Priceline (please note: product was sent for consideration for review).

Product Review: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil

I made an emergency purchase mid-holiday due to suffering from a severe head cold (how I survived the FREEZING COLD winds of Melbourne I do not know), but the spur-of-the-moment purchase was definitely worthwhile and now I feel like I can’t live without this product. I’d used the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil previously and had experienced really good results, so I headed straight to the Clarins counter when I knew I needed a hydrating oil ASAP. I have sensitive skin so knowing Clarins already had a product I knew I could trust not to cause a reaction meant that they were my first stop. After purchasing I went back to the hotel, cleansed my skin, smothered it in the oil, and promptly took a nap. My skin showed a difference as soon as I woke up. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It absorbs quickly (but be sure to let it fully absorb before you apply your moisturiser), it has a pleasant lemon-herbal scent, and gives a healthy sheen but not a shine so my fellow oily-skinned girls need not fear. My skin seems to have found it’s balance again, so I’m not using this on a daily basis but I’ve incorporated it into my weekly skin care routine and it’s become a firm favourite. The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil retails for $55 AUD and is available for purchase from Adore Beauty.