This is going to be a bit controversial: I’m reviewing two products that are not clean/green and don’t market themselves as such. I decided to test these for two reasons: 1) There is a gaping hole in the green beauty market when it comes to exfoliating toners that actually work; and 2) A lot of beauty bloggers who are primarily green/clean have been waxing lyrical about Lotion P50 and I wanted to see for myself what the fuss was all about. I’d been meaning to test these for over a year, but I was apprehensive after my terrible experience with Pixi Glow Tonic (acne central). I took the plunge a couple of months ago when my friends Yenny and Lacy sent these products to me in a swap. View Full Post

I think many of you already know that African Botanics is one of my favourite skincare brands. I love the way they combine rare botanical extracts with the latest in biotechnology to create truly unique (and effective) products. They have been busy creating new products, and here are my thoughts on three of their newest creations.

Rose Treatment Essence: This is easily my favourite product of the trio. According to their press release, ‘the powerful combination of bioactive medicinal plants, botanical emollients, peptides, humectants, B vitamins, oligosaccharides, yeast beta-glucan and collagen boosters deliver vitality and nutrients deep into the skin.’ The concentrated formula is designed to tighten pores and restore moisture levels while brightening, refining, hydrating and rebalancing skin’s pH levels. View Full Post

I guess you all know by now that I love Beauty Heroes. I genuinely think that it’s the best beauty subscription service around, and it continues to wow me every month. I liked last month’s box, however, some of the products didn’t really suit my hair type, so I had my fingers crossed for this month’s box. I’m glad to report that this month’s box not only met my expectations, but far exceeded it. I love the products so much that I’d call it my favourite Beauty Heroes box so far (this is my fourth box).

This month’s box contains two products from Lilfox, a green beauty brand based in Miami . The hero product is their Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask and the sidekick is their newly-launched Cleopatra Restorative Milk + Honey Beauty Mask. View Full Post

Mukti Organics just won multiple awards at this year’s Beauty Shortlist Awards, and I’m so honoured to have been a part of the judging process. I hadn’t tried any of the Australian brand’s offerings before they entered this year’s Awards, and I’m so glad I  got to discover the line via these entries. The first product I tested from the line was their bright green 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant. It was unlike anything I’d tried before, and it instantly caught my attention. The more products I tested, the more impressed I was with all things Mukti. The line uses a combination of potent natural extracts (many of them native Australian) and high-tech skincare actives. All Mukti products are formulated without any of the usual questionable ingredients, and unlike many natural brands where results are gradual, most of these products provide visibly better-looking skin (and hair) after the very first use. Since it’s impractical to review all of the 28 products I tested from the brand, here are my top 5 picks from Mukti Organics: View Full Post

Powder cleansers/exfoliators are a relatively new category. They are very travel-friendly (no leaks or spills; no air travel regulations), and I love how easy it is to control how exfoliating you want them to be. I’m travelling to India next week, and I know the Rodin Cleanser will be travelling with me everywhere.

Here is my edit:

Rodin Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder: Linda Rodin is always ahead of the pack. She brought out her cult face oil in 2007, way before facial oils became a ‘thing’ in the West. And hers was one of the first American brands to introduce a cleansing powder. Inspired by a cleanser she encountered in Japan, when mixed with water, these white granules transform into a soft, luxurious mousse. The bottle is very architectural (a homage to an art deco-era New York monument?) and impossibly chic. It looks very small, but you only need the tiniest amount to wash your face. Unlike the rest of the cleansing powders I’ll be reviewing below, this is more of a cleanser than an exfoliator. The granules dissolve fully in water and there is just a very mild exfoliating action. It foams well (without sulfates, of course) — so well that this is the sudsiest cleanser in my collection right now. I generally don’t like foaming cleansers, but I love this. It’s very gentle, non-drying and effective (it removes basic makeup, sunscreen etc., but heavy makeup will require a pre-cleanse with a balm/oil). In addition to being a great cleanser, it smells totally lush (jasmine and neroli, just like the face oil). Highly recommend.

Price and where to buy: US$45/A$66; Mecca Cosmetica (Australia), Rodin Website (US) View Full Post