Move over Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel, you’ve been usurped. My official new favourite blemish treating product is the Ole Henriksen Roll-On Blemish Attack. It’s my little miracle in a tiny glass jar, and I love it. To use, you simply roll your finger over the little applicator ball and then apply the product to your skin where needed. It takes 1 or 2 days for the product to take full effect, but it really helps to destroy the blemishes before they have a chance to become anything too horrendous. The Roll-On Blemish Attack contains Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid to help combat acne and kill bacteria in the affected area. The product smells strongly of tea tree oil, but I really like the “clean” scent that it gives off. It definitely won’t be for everyone though, so if you strongly dislike tea tree oil, I would avoid this product. I would highly recommend the Roll-On Blemish Attack for those like me that get the occasional breakout, and want a no-fuss way of dealing with blemishes to work into their regular skincare regime. The Ole Henriksen Roll-On Blemish Attack retails for $46 AUD and can be purchased online from Adore Beauty.
After my giant bottle of Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel ran out, I decided I wanted to try out a more ‘cheap and cheerful’ cleanser option instead of forking out the $70 for my holy grail of cleansers. (which I will be repurchasing again in the future despite the hefty price tag, don’t get me wrong – I love the stuff) As I’d had success with Neutrogena in the past, I decided to give the new Pink Grapefruit cleanser a try as I’d seen it mentioned in quite a few beauty blogger haul posts at the start of summer. At first I loved the smell, it’s punchy and fruity and is the perfect pick me up in the morning. It does get overwhelming after a while though, and after a few weeks of use it’s starting to smell more sickly-sweet than delightful. As a cleanser, it works well for my skin and the only complaint I have is that it is slightly too drying for me. It has kept breakouts at bay though, which is really all I look for in a cleanser. I won’t be repurchasing in the future, because I discovered (via a comment left on my blog, so thank you to the courteous reader who let me know) that Neutrogena’s parent company Johnson&Johnson partake in animal testing on their products. If you do still wish to purchase the product, the Oil-Free Face Wash (Pink Grapefruit) retails for $14.99 AUD and can be purchased from leading supermarkets and pharmacies throughout the country.
I have never been 100% keen on posting eye cream reviews as I am still on the fence about eye creams in general. Personally I have never seen any long term effects or benefits from the various eye creams that I have used over the years. Having said that, I will continue to use them for hydration benefits and also in the daft hope that one day when I am in my 50’s I will look back and be thankful that I did use them when I am wrinkle free and fabulous. The Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel was pitched as a saviour product to aid in the aftermath of the festive season, an eye gel to help combat tired and puffy eyes. (something that I suffer from on a daily basis, not just in the festive season!) This definitely sounded like a product I needed in my beauty regime. The Puffy Eyes Gel claims to tighten and firm the eye area instantly. And, in all honesty – it sort of does. You can pretty much feel the product working the instant you put it on your skin. The eye area tightens up and feels “refreshed”. Now this, for me, is where the problem has set in. I have been using this eye cream for a few weeks now, and I’ll be honest with you guys – I have a love/hate relationship with it. There is one aspect in particular about the product that I’m not sure if I like. Basically after application there is a cooling sensation that feels similar to cold air blowing on the skin surrounding my eyes. This quickly turns into a warming sensation followed by a slight tingling feeling in the skin. I am putting this all down to the product working it’s magic, but if it could do so with minimal sensation I would definitely prefer it. If you’re looking for a quick caffeine shot to the eye area, this is the product for you. Be warned though, you are only supposed to use a tiny amount of product – around the size of half a grain of rice per eye. The Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel retails for $75.55 AUD for 15mL and is available at selected stockists and online. For more information visit Beauté Pacifique online. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)
ASAP are an Australian made and owned skincare brand that offer products that are suitable for all skin types, including acne prone, environmentally damaged & pigmented skin and are simple, effective and affordable. Also, they do not test on animals. Sound good? I thought so too. I was sent the ASAP Clearskin Pack for review, which includes the Daily Facial Cleanser, the Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub and the Clearskin Gel. I wanted to share my thoughts on the exfoliating scrub first, as it’s my favourite product of the 3 I’ve been using. The daily exfoliating scrub claims to be gentle enough to use on skin daily, but if you have super sensitive skin I would probably avoid using it that frequently, as it did slightly irritate my skin on daily use. The exfoliating scrub contains AHAs but there are also little beads in the product that you can feel manually scrubbing away at your skin – which I personally quite like. It makes me feel like the product is really working. The smell of the scrub isn’t that pleasant, it’s a slightly chemical smell – but it’s not unbearable. Overall I liked the ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub because of how soft & smooth it made my skin feel, and the fact that I really am growing to appreciate the ASAP brand and their ethos. The Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub retails for $44 AUD for 240ml and you can search for a nearby stockist at the ASAP website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)
As with my Top 10 Makeup Products post, this is a post dedicated to the top 10 skincare products that I use and buy time and time again. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Dermalogica Precleanse, Dermalogica Skin Refining Mask, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (I use this as a primer for nights that I will be heading out for a long time, or I know there will be pictures of me being taken), Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, Trilogy Organic Rose Hip Oil (to be honest I prefer the KOSMEA Rose Hip Oil, but I am using up this bottle of the Trilogy before repurchasing another), Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, Ole Henriksen Blemish Attack Roll On, Kora Balancing Rose Mist and Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub. What are your top 10 skincare products?