I love face oils, but until recently, I used them only at night. I have oily, acne-prone skin, and I always found oils too heavy for daytime use. I don’t know if my skin has become less oily over the years, but lately, I’ve been loving adding oils to my morning routines. We are approaching winter here in Melbourne, and a few drops of a light day oil (on top of a water-based hydrating serum) keeps my skin soft and glowing all day long.

My selections below are all light and non-greasy, and they would work equally well as picks for spring/summer (in case you live in the northern hemisphere and are approaching summer, lucky you!). Most of my selections below will suit most skin types, including oily and acne-prone. View Full Post

Malaya Organics founder Katya Slepak created her Brooklyn-based line after suffering from horrendous cystic acne. This story resonated with me because I became interested in green skincare after suffering from really bad acne. Malaya products are designed to ‘balance and restore the skin, the same way food restores bodies.’ They are designed to nourish skin and hair with the most vital nutrients, to restore balance and boost radiance.

I’ve been using the line for over two months, and here’s what I think:

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The Beauty Edit is one of Australia’s newest online green beauty stores. A couple of months ago, Franca, their owner, introduced herself to me. She told me that her store offered one-on-one customer service, free skincare consultations, complimentary gift wrapping, speedy delivery (including worldwide delivery) and thorough testing of every product she sold. She said that she tested all the products herself and only sold products she firmly believed in. This sounded great to me: I don’t know many skincare stores that offer that level of service. Her store is the exclusive Australian stockist for British brand La Belle Lune, and she asked me if I’d like to try their Organic Skin Face Oil.  View Full Post

I know I’m late to the party considering this box is already sold out and the next box has been announced, but better late than never, right? So here goes:

Overall Impressions: I received this February box early March, and I have been using it on and off for the last few weeks. It’s a great box, and all it’s been getting a lot of love on Instagram. I really admire the contents of this box, but unfortunately, two out of the three products in this box didn’t work for me. Even though my personal experience with this particular box has been mixed, the quality of all the products in this box are outstanding and I’d highly recommend it overall. 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