I find that there are times when I avoid certain products just because everyone is talking about it. A lot of bloggers I admire have reviewed Jane Scrivner’s cleanser, and their reviews were unanimously positive. It made me wonder if there was anything more I could add to the conversation, and I never really sought it out. Recently, my lovely friend and blogger Jamey insisted that I try the line and she contacted Jane herself to send me some products. I’m so glad and grateful that she did. The line is more amazing than I could ever have imagined, and I can see why the products are so universally loved. Without further ado, here are my impressions of the Nourishing Cleanser and OO Cream. View Full Post

Korean brands have become so ubiquitous that they are no longer a niche segment of the skincare market. Everyone from Lady Gaga to my work colleagues use K(orean)-beauty products. I asked my friend Fiona of Orchids and Peonies (my go-to person for all things K-beauty ) for her input on this, and she told me that the mass popularity of Korean products was due to a combination of factors, including their affordable price points, innovative textures and instant results. ‘And,’ she added ‘what attracts me to them is their obsession with beautiful skin. You see so many Koreans with amazing, flawless skin. I personally love Korean products for their innovation and textures. They are regarded to be at least 10 years ahead of the western world.” View Full Post

One of the first truly natural luxury skincare brands from Australia, Sodashi is a firm blogger favourite. I’d heard great things about the line from a number of my friends and colleagues, but I never quite got around to trying it until a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for a natural shave product, and I stumbled upon Sodashi’s Clean Skin Cleanser and Shaving Emulsion (my favourite is Omorovicza, but for some reason, they don’t sell the shaving cream in Australia and I couldn’t be bothered to order it online from the UK). I ended up buying Sodashi’s Fitness Recovery Oil, as well, and received three deluxe samples (of their Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime, Nourishing Repair Treatment, and Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturiser) with my order. I’ve only used these products for around two weeks, so this is more of a ‘first impressions’ post than a full-blown review. Here are my thoughts:

  • Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime (A$80.70): This cleanser is amazing, and I wish I’d purchased a full-sized bottle of this cleanser instead of the shaving emulsion. Its texture is really unique in that it’s a cream clay cleanser that doesn’t feel gritty or stripping. I like massaging it on damp skin and taking it off with a hot muslin cloth. It leaves my skin soft and glowing. It smells very spa-like (the lime scent is very mild), and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of their bestsellers. Highly recommend.

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I received both La Potion Infinie and L’Etoile Infinie*  from Argentum Apothecary about three months ago. My skin looked so impossibly clear, well rested, firm and plump after my very first use of La Potion Infinie Face Cream (UK£147/A$277 for 70ml) that I just wanted to write a review straightaway and proclaim my love for it. I resisted that impulse, and I’m glad I did. There have been products in the past (Kypris Elixir III being one) that I loved at the start, wrote a rave review, and then realised that it didn’t work for me in the long term. After using La Potion Infinie Face Cream almost everyday for the last three months, I’m glad to report that my love for La Potion Infinie is as strong now as it was on Day 1. In fact, I’d go to the extent of saying that it has become one of my top 5 skincare products of all time. View Full Post

Kat Burki Cream Review JustaskarjunI’ll start this review by saying I didn’t want to like this product. Kat Burki is impossible to find in Australia. Their website offers international shipping, but their rates are very high. I’d heard great things about the brand from other bloggers, but I wasn’t sure it was worth all the shipping $$$. So I just gave up and moved on to the next.

About a month ago, my beloved friend (and fellow green beauty addict) Mar sent me her own jar of Kat Burki’s cult-favourite Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream to try. She didn’t find it moisturising enough for her dry skin but she thought it might suit my combination skin better. I’ve been using it every day since I got it, and here are my thoughts: View Full Post