Vanessa Megan Vanilla Pod Organic Roll-On Deodorant Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing a certified organic deodorant from the Australian certified organic company, Vanessa Megan Skincare. I love what the company stands for in that they believe that, “You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat.” This is the second product I have tried from this line. This is also the second organic/natural deodorant I have ever used. I had high hopes for this deodorant because I really enjoyed my other purchase from this line. I wanted to try something new and completely certified organic for my underarm area, and when I saw that this contained sodium bicarbonate I thought that this could be my new holy grail natural deodorant. Unfortunately, this didn’t hold up on me at all, especially now that it is super hot in Australia. I need a deodorant that decreases the amount of sweat and body odour as much as possible. I feel as though the Lavanila healthy deodorant I previously used was a much better option and will be sticking to that one. I really wanted to like this and tried it out several different ways, however it only held up on me for around 2-3 hours tops. Even when I wasn’t doing a lot of physical activity it still didn’t work for me. I prefer the Lavanila deodorant because it holds up for longer, the smell is more pleasant, the texture is better, and it prevents me from sweating and smelling A LOT more than the Vanessa Megan one.

Description:

“Vanessa Megan Organic Deodorant Vanilla Pod will keep you fresh all day. It is infused with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, certified organic extracts of green tea, rosemary leaf and horsetail, plus a blend of vanilla and grapefruit.

• Pure vanilla extract is a fantastic natural deodoriser.

• Green tea liquid herbal extract is known for its antioxidant qualities.

• Horsetail extract has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

• Liquorice root extract works well as a natural and gentle germicide.

• Witch hazel, which is derived from the bark and leaves of a shrub, works as an astringent in deodorants; it shrinks the pores in the armpit.”

Ingredients:

100% Natural / 92.12% Certified Organic: *Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice , * Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, Sodium bicarbonate, *Glycerin, Glyceryl caprylate, *Equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, *Glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice root) extract, *Camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, Xanthan gum, *Citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil (sweet orange) essential oil, Coco glucoside, *Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf) extract, *Vanilla plainfolia (vanilla) extract, Tocopheryl acetate (natural vitamin E), *Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) essential oil.

*Certified organic ingredients.

100% Natural. Cruelty Free. Eco Packaging.

This is also not tested on animals and approved by the ACO!

Texture: I really dislike the texture of this. It is super liquidy, runny, and sticky at the same time. It literally feels like you are putting aloe vera under your arms, which makes sense since the base of the product is aloe vera leaf juice. You have to really rub the product into your skin for it to fully absorb. It also leaves my hands sticky which I cannot stand!

How long does it last: Around 3 hours. It might last longer during the winter months.

Application: It is recommended to roll onto underarms after showering for a full day of protection. However, for someone who doesn’t shower in the mornings, this method doesn’t quite work. I tried using this after my shower at night and it did last better throughout the night than it did during the day.

Packaging: The product is quite small, so it’d be perfect for travelling.

Smell: I do smell a hint of vanilla, however it does smell more herbal and natural. It’s not my favourite scent.

Price: AUD $18.95

Rating: 2/5

Recommend? If you live somewhere where it is really tropical and you are always sweating, then I don’t recommend this product as it will not hold up on you. However if you are looking for a certified organic deodorant that contains really clean ingredients and is reasonably priced, then yes. For best results, apply right after you shower.

Where to buy: http://www.vanessamegan.com/body-care/deodorant-vanilla-pod-roll-on-50ml.html

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beautywithinandout

xx

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Endota Spa Cinnamon & Honey Lip Balm Review

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Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Today, I will be reviewing one of my all time favourite lip balms, Endota Spa’s cinnamon and honey lip balm. Endota Spa is a really great Australian certified organic skincare brand, with a variety of different ranges. I love supporting Australian certified organic skincare brands, especially when they deliver exceptional results! I also love that fact that they give back, donating 1% of skincare sales to Bush Heritage Australia, which is amazing!

I constantly struggle with dry, chapped lips, especially in winter. I received this product because it was included in a beauty pack I ordered from Endota Spa, but you can purchase it separately. This is by far the most moisturising lip balm that I have ever used, organic or not. Although it is relatively expensive for a lip balm, It contains really good quality certified organic ingredients that help to quickly and effectively nourish the lips.

When I first tried it, I thought it was an ok lip balm. Then, one cold wintery night, my lips were severely wind chapped and they hurt BAD. Soon after applying this lip balm, my lips were instantly soothed and moisturised, with absolutely no chapping! It was incredible! I love how you get INSTANT results with this! Leave it on overnight to wake up with incredibly soft and hydrated lips. It also tastes amazing! You can essentially ingest and lick it off, which I do a lot, because every ingredient is natural and organic. I love how you can read every single ingredient and understand what you are putting on your lips.

Description on Website:

“The lip balm luscious lips just love.”

Heavenly results:

“Plump lips. this lip balm is alive with organic ingredients to heal cracked lips and banish dryness. the result: pert, kissable lips.”

Down to earth ingredients:

“Organic honey is a powerful natural ingredient which attracts and retains moisture within the skin. moisturising, with antiseptic properties, it helps to heal dry, cracked lips. cinnamon lends a spicy, organic lip balm kick and packs some handy anti-inflammatory properties.”

Ingredients: Caster seed oil*, beeswax*, coconut oil*, cocoa seed butter*, papaya fruit extract, honey*, manuka branch/leaf oil, cinnamon bark oil, jojoba seed oil*, stevia leaf/stem extract, tocopheryl acetate. *certified organic.

Packaging: I love the packaging and applicator. It is in a tube packaging with a slanted applicator, which is the perfect size for the lips. It allows you to control how much of the product you dispense, especially because it is quite runny.

Smell/Taste: I love the smell and taste of this. When you first get it, it definitely tastes like honey and it has very tiny bits of cinnamon particles in there, which is very delicious. After that, it just smells like a combination of oils. It’s definitely a very earthy, natural pleasant smell and taste, which is never obnoxious.

Consistency/Feel: At first, I could feel tiny bits of cinnamon, I think, which easily melted away. However, the overall consistency, is a perfect mix of thick, runny, and oily. It’s honestly the most perfect and comfortable consistency for a lip balm. It feels very smooth and hydrating on the lips. It also gives a very nice shine and gloss. It definitely sinks into the lips after a little bit, but you can still feel the product working its magic! You don’t need to reapply that often either, because it works fantastically at hydrating the lips after one use!

Price: AUD $17.00

Size: 15ml/0.5 oz. Although it is a relatively small tube, because the consistency is like that of an oil, you only need a tiny bit.

Longevity: This product can definitely last you a while, because of its consistency. You only need a tiny bit to cover your entire lips.

Recommend? Absolutely 100% YES!!!

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: In any Australian Endota Spa or online here.

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beautywithinandout

xx

The Difference Between “Natural,” “Organic,” and “Certified Organic” Beauty Products

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be explaining to you the difference between the terms used in a lot of “natural” beauty products out there because there is a lot of false and misleading advertisement within the beauty industry. I feel as customers we should have the right to know about exactly what is in the products we are using in terms of ingredients. The ingredient list should be clearly displayed at the back of each product so that we are able to check that the product is exactly as is advertised. I feel as though there is a lot of false advertisement within the beauty industry because they know that not everyone can read an ingredient list and know that the labels used, such as “natural” and “organic,” apply to each ingredient. What I see a lot in beauty products, is the term “natural” being advertised when there is only one ingredient within the whole list that is naturally derived, and it is usually placed further down the ingredient list (meaning that there is less of or hardly any of the “natural” ingredient used). I personally feel as though there should be stricter regulations when it comes down to the advertisement of how “natural” a product really is, because nowadays it is really misleading.

When the term “natural” is labelled on beauty products, this can mean that a product contains only one ingredient that is “naturally derived,” and the rest of the ingredient list is synthetic. The label “natural” is certified by no one, so it can be advertised to be as misleading as possible. It’s also shocking to note that currently, there are no regulations around the use of the label “natural” within the Australian beauty market. “Organic” is also another misleading label used that is becoming increasingly popular amongst beauty products. It is used to label a product that only contains at least 70-95% of organic and natural ingredients. For a beauty product to be as organic and as clean as possible, you need a stamp of certification for it to be “Certified Organic.” A product that is “Certified Organic” is of the highest quality or most organic you can get, as a product must meet strict guidelines before getting a stamp of approval. In Australia, for a product to label itself as “Certified Organic,” it must contain at least 95% of organic ingredients, free from harmful synthetic chemicals. Always check the product for a “Certified Organic” logo from an accredited certifier; ACO (Australia), OFC (Australia), Ecocert (Europe), USDA Organic (US), NASAA (Australia), Demeter (Australia), TOP (Australia) and Soil Association (UK). I hope you found this information helpful when searching for truly organic beauty products on the market!

-Below is Therese Kerr’s (Miranda Kerr’s mother) youtube video, which inspired this post, on where she explains the difference between “Traditional” (or natural) “Organic,” and “Certified Organic” skincare:

 

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beautywithinandout

xx

 

Kora Organics “Essential Body Wash” Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I have a very exciting review on one of my favourite Kora Organics products/body washes ever! For a while, I have been struggling with constant breakouts on my body from harsh soaps, pore clogging shampoos, and scrubs. Because my water based face skincare routine has been working for me so well, I thought I would adopt this same concept to my body skincare routine. I have been struggling to find a good water based body wash that won’t clog my pores or irritate my skin for a while now. It has been especially hard to find a good certified organic body wash as most products contain coconut oil, which breaks my skin out like CRAZY! It wasn’t until I stumbled across Miranda Kerr’s fabulous and luxurious certified organic skincare line, that I thought I would give her body wash a try. I have definitely been a huge fan of her products in the past and so I had high hopes for the “Essential Body Wash.” This body wash is AMAZING! It completely blew me away how well it worked and how much my skin loved it! The ingredients are also very gentle and work to fight against free radicals and acne. The body wash includes one of my favourite ingredients, Green Tea, which makes up the majority of this product. I love how simple and effective the ingredients are.

Like the name suggests, the Kora Organics body wash is DEFINITELY an essential to my body skincare routine. I could not live without it. I have most certainly found my holy grail body wash. I have noticed less and less breakouts on my body to the point of hardly noticing any at all now! This has completely boosted my self esteem and I couldn’t be happier! I am definitely a very harsh critic when it comes to my beauty products and how well they work, so when I recommend something I have truly put it to the test and completely believe in it. If you are suffering from body breakouts I would highly suggest you give this product a try and see the amazing results for yourself. I know that everyone’s skin is different and you may react to certain ingredients differently. However, I have sensitive skin all over that is prone to acne if my products contain a lot of pore clogging ingredients, and this body wash has not broken me out, but rather healed my body breakouts a lot faster. This product is also recommended for all skin types, so you just have to give it a try!

Description:

“A delicious aromatic blend of organically sourced Essential Oils, Ylang Ylang, Noni Extract, Sandalwood, Rose and Patchouli. Free from Parabens and skin irritants, KORA Organics Body Wash while cleansing and hydrating helps provide the skin with all over anti-oxidant protection. Leaves the skin feeling fresh and invigorated. “

Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (Green Tea)*, Rosa centifolia (Rose) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Glyceryl Oleate, Dicapryl Ether, Lactic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Benzyl Alcohol, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil*, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lecithin (GMO free)*, Aqua (Water). **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

“PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.”

“NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. 98.34% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 49.32% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming. Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at cosmetics.ecocert.com.”

Feel: 

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Foaming when water is added

Foaming when water is added.

Though this product is water based, it does feel slightly gel like and moisturizing. It feels very nice on the skin; not too watery, thin, or too thick. It is the perfect consistency. Because it doesn’t contain all of the harsh foaming agents like SLS, it doesn’t foam up as much. However, it also doesn’t not foam. When water is added, it does foam up, but only a little bit, which I really like. You can still get a decent foam, where your skin feels really clean, but not stripped. This product is perfect in that it’s not too drying or too moisturizing on your skin. I hate it when products leave a film of moisture on your skin, because that’s how I break out. This product does not do that, which is why it is perfect. Your skin just feels fresh, clean, invigorated, and comfortable.

Smell: Like all Kora Organics products, this body wash smells absolutely DIVINE. It smells a lot like the foaming cleanser. It reminds me of the Australian bush, which must be from the Sandalwood oil. It makes your shower smell like a spa! The scent also lingers a bit on your skin afterwards, which is a nice plus! I don’t find this to irritate my skin at all.

Longevity: I think you do get quite a generous amount of product. You only need a little bit to cover your entire body, because it does foam up quite well. If you use body wash everyday, I would say this would last up to a month and a half or two.

Packaging: As always the aqua blue packaging is beautiful and calming. I love how there are positive affirmations at the back of each product. The word “understanding” is placed on the back of this product, which I love. The only fault I have with the packaging is that the product sometimes leaks a little in the lid when I open it and some water also spills out from my shower. I think if they made the lid more secure, it would fix this problem, however it doesn’t bother me that much.

Price: AU $37.50. I think that the price is reasonable for the amount, quality of ingredients, longevity, and its effectiveness.

Size: 150 mL / 5.07 fl.oz. The size is definitely very generous for a certified organic product, especially it being a body wash. It can definitely last you a good while.

Recommend? Yes, Yes, Yes. This is the most amazing water based, non irritating or pore clogging body wash I have ever tried! A truly god sent product.

Rating: 5/5

Where to Buy: If you live in Australia, you can pretty much get Kora Organic products from any David Jones store. Or you can purchase from the Kora Organics Website, where they ship internationally: http://www.koraorganics.com.

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beautywithinandout

xx

RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up Review

Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing the very hyped about organic beauty product; the RMS Beauty “Un”Cover-Up. RMS Beauty, stands for Rose-Marie Swift, creator of the certified organic brand. The brand is used by many celebrities, including Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Alba, and many more! I was first interested in this product because I was searching for a safe, certified organic concealer/foundation I could use on my “days off.” I wanted that natural look, without using any chemicals. As the name suggests, it is not supposed to mask your face, but rather “un” cover your natural beauty. When I discovered that supermodels and other “green” celebrities LOVED this product, I thought I would give it a go. I purchased mine about a year ago and it is still in good condition, despite the expiry date (it being a completely unrefined, unprocessed, food grade product). I will say it takes a few goes to get used to this product in finding the best way to apply it for you.

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Description on the Website:

“Formulated to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin…not just cover it up. Completely lightweight and hydrating to the skin, the ‘un’cover-up will reveal more youthful and radiant skin. Minimizes the appearance of pores and rejuvenates the skin.

Use as a foundation or a light concealer as it visibly melts into the skin while covering imperfections and redness. Provides even coverage for flawless looking skin that will never look heavy or dry. Moisturizes and heals, resulting in a beautiful second skin.

Please avoid using synthetic and/or chemical laden moisturizers under rms beauty products and opt for a more natural/organic one. rms beauty oil was created to work synergistically with all rms beauty products, especially the ‘un’cover-up.”

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Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499] *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Colour Range: The RMS Un Cover-Up now comes in 5 beautiful shades, adding one lighter and one darker shade to the collection. I have mine in shade #11, which is perfect for my light complexion (warm silk in Jane Iredale Purepressed Base). It definitely has a yellow undertone, which is perfect for correcting any redness or pink in the skin. As stated in the description, if a colour doesn’t match you completely, once blended it will definitely self adjust to your skin tone.

Packaging: This is by far the most stylish, chic, and beautiful packaging of a product I have ever come across, especially for an organic brand. It comes in a small pot, made of frosted glass, with a gorgeous, simple RMS Beauty logo on the white lid. It is also great because it is portable, so you can take it in your purse wherever you go for touchups.

Longevity: I don’t use this product everyday, but when I do you only need the smallest amount. It really does go a long way. I’d say i’ve now had this for about a year, and it is still in great condition and I still have quite a lot of product left. However, if you were to use this as a concealer or foundation, you might go through it quicker because it is quite small.

Application: Because of the ingredients that are very comedogenic with my skin (it definitely breaks me out), I only use it as an under eye concealer, which is perfect to brighten that area up. It blends very effortlessly, especially with your fingers, as it melts the product into your skin better. I first pat the product under my eyes, then I go in with my Real Techniques deluxe crease brush, and finally with a beauty blender to make sure there is no creasing. I then put a small amount of the RMS “Un” powder on top to prevent creasing throughout the day.

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Coverage: The coverage of this product is very natural, however if you put too much on, it can look cakey and feel heavy on the skin. You only need a small amount. I would use patting motions on top of areas that need more coverage. I would say it is a sheer to medium buildable coverage all over, but it can cover red spots very well.

Consistency: It is a very thick and creamy formula, this is very blendable. Because it is so thick, you have to be careful not to apply too much. Because this is a completely food grade, unrefined product, it is very susceptible to different weather conditions. In the summer, it is very easy to use, very creamy. However, in the cold winter months, it can get very dry and hard, so you need to use a hair dryer to really warm the product up. The nourishing and anti-ageing ingredients are perfect for under the eye area as it won’t dry up, but rather moisturize (don’t apply too much as it can crease. I would suggest the RMS “Un” powder, which is perfect to prevent creasing with this product).

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Size: .20oz/5.67g. Even though the pot looks small, it last quite a while as you only need to use the smallest amount of product. Very great for travelling!

Recommend? Yes, but only used as an under eye concealer, due to the comedogenic ingredients. If your skin doesn’t react to coconut oil or the other ingredients, go ahead and use it all over for a healthy, natural glow!

Rating: 5/5

Price: $36.00. It is definitely worth the price. You get quality, nourishing ingredients (especially for under the eyes), and it lasts forever!

Where to Buy: http://www.rmsbeauty.com

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beautywithinandout

xx

Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner Review

Hello beauties!

Today i’d thought I would do a review on the Inika Certified Organic Eyeliner in White Crystal. I was in search for a good organic white eyeliner for my waterline to brighten up my eyes. My eyes are quite almond shaped and large, so I wasn’t looking to make my eyes look bigger, but rather brighter. I was also looking for an organic alternative because I did want to use this on my waterline, and didn’t want any nasty chemicals going into my sensitive eye area. So, I chose the Inika brand because I own a couple of their products and really enjoy them, as well as what the brand stands for and their strictness in good quality certified organic ingredients. Also, this is the first white eyeliner I have ever tried on my waterline. The Inika Certified Organic eyeliners come in 8 beautiful shades, and I chose White Crystal. It is AUD $29.00, which is a bit pricey for an eyeliner, however it is certified organic so I was expecting this.

Description on the Inika Website:

“Handcrafted with natural plant products and mineral colour blends.”

“A beautiful, matte white. Wear this liner on the inner rim of the eye to help make eyes appear brighter – a definite secret weapon!”

“INIKA Certified Organic eyeliners have a rich and creamy consistency unparalleled in the world of natural liners. Formulated to glide on easily, they deliver even depth of colour and real stay-ability.” 

“Each INIKA Eye Liner comes with a complimentary sharpener lid.”

Ingredients: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Levisticum Officinale (Black Lovage) Oil (Olus), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, May Contain (+/-):, Iron Oxides (CI 77491) (Red), Iron Oxides (CI 77492) (Yellow), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) (Black), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Pigment Violet (CI 77742) *Certified Organic

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I will agree that this eyeliner is very rich and creamy in consistency and glides on very smoothly and effortlessly. I love that this is formulated with great quality mineral pigments and plant products. After all, you are putting this product so close to your eye! I do have sensitive eyes and found that this did not irritate them! I was really impressed with the staying power of this product, especially in the waterline!

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The description states that this eyeliner is a matte white colour, which I kind of disagree with. When applied to the skin it is matte, however when applied to the waterline, it turns into a metallic white colour. Although I did want a matte white for my waterline, I do really enjoy how bright and awake this makes my eyes look. It isn’t sparkly or anything, just more iridescent and beautiful! The colour is really opaque and buildable, which is great. It doesn’t separate when applying to the waterline, which is another plus! The only thing I negatively say about this product, is that if you apply too much, it can sort of clump weird and cling to your bottom lashes, which is hard to get rid of. You can easily get rid of this by putting mascara on the bottom lashes though.

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I really love the chic black and gold packaging of the Inika products, and this one didn’t disappoint. I loved that this came with a sharpener, which is very handy to have! Overall, I was quite impressed with this product. I also think it would last me for a long, long time!

Rating: 4/5

Inika Website: http://inika.com.au

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beautywithinandout

xx

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Review

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Hello beauties! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. Pai is a certified organic skincare line, founded by Sarah Brown. It is designed mainly for people with sensitive skin. However, Pai also caters to people with various skin conditions, such as eczema, allergy prone skin, dermatitis, acne prone skin, and much more. Pai was one of the first certified organic skincare lines that i’ve tried. I first heard about it when I was researching certified organic skincare for sensitive skin, and read that actress and vegan, Natalie Portman, loves the brand, in particular the “Pai Chamomile and Rosehip Cream” (which I have not tried). Natalie Portman’s skin is AMAZING, so I thought I would give Pai a go! At the time, my skin was VERY dry, sensitive, and red (mainly due to the worst cleanser ever: Proactiv). I also started to develop eczema around my mouth area, which I never had on my face but I did once have it on my body. So, the Pai cleanser seemed like a great choice!

The description on the Pai website states:

“Pai Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleansing Cream gently removes dirt, make-up and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day.

Bursting with Omega 3 & Vitamins A, B & E, it replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving it soft and supple.

The exfoliating muslin cloth lifts away dead skin cells to leave a smooth, even complexion.

Suitable for all sensitive skin types, the Pai Hydrating Cleanser is detergent and alcohol-free, so won’t dry out or irritate your skin.

Also suitable to use around the eyes to remove even waterproof mascara.”

-This cleanser is quite effective in removing light makeup.

-It definitely makes your skin feel so soft and supple, without feeling stripped of moisture. You still feel cleansed though.

-The muslin cloth (that is included) is a great tool in gently “exfoliating” away dead skin, making your skin feel super soft. However, at first the cloth can feel a little stiff/rough on the face, so it may take a few times for it to “soften” up. It also lasts quite a while.

-Definitely doesn’t irritate skin, and for sure calms down any redness.

-Doesn’t sting the eyes! I don’t wear waterproof mascara so I don’t know about that claim.

Skin Type: Sensitive, Anti-Redness, Dry, Combination.

This is a lightweight creamy cleanser that would definitely suit people with dry, red, and sensitive skin. If you are oily, I would stay away from this cleanser. My skin at the time of using this was definitely different to how it is now (that is why I do no use it anymore). I am now more combination/normal, but still dry. I find that my skin now works better with gentle foaming cleansers, rather than creamy ones.  However, at the time, this helped significantly with any redness, dryness and sensitivity.

Ingredients: aqua, camellia sinensis seed oil*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, cetearyl alcohol, vegetable glycerine*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter* , cetearyl glucoside, rosa damascena (rose otto) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, lavandula officinalis (lavender) flower oil*, litsea cubeba fruit oil* – may chang oil, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e), sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, lactic acid, glyceryl stearate citrate.

Size: This cleanser comes in 3 sizes. It comes in 50ml (only on certain sites) and this does not come with a muslin cloth, however it is a great trial size. You can also purchase the muslin cloth separately for only a small price. The next size is 100ml (muslin cloth included). The largest size is 200ml (muslin cloth included) which lasts forever!

Price: This can be a bit pricey (especially if you buy straight from the website). You can get it off beautybay.com or other sites for much less. However, because it is a cream cleanser and the bottle it comes in is quite generous, it lasts a while. On the website, for the 100ml, it is AUD $50.00. For the 200ml, it is AUD $70.00.

Smell: The smell is just divine! You can definitely smell the rose and camellia. It almost smells as if you are putting herbal tea on your face! The scent isn’t overpowering, but rather calming and soothing.

Texture/Feel: The texture is creamy, but not too much. It is very lightweight, yet moisturizing. If you have any irritated or red skin, you can immediately feel relief. It is very soothing and soft on the skin. Especially used with the muslin cloth, your skin feels very soft and supple. However, if you have any active breakouts, don’t use the muslin cloth as it may irritate.

Rating: 4/5

Recommend? I have a very love/hate relationship with this. Back when my skin had eczema and was very dry, this cleanser was PERFECT. However, now that my skin has changed to normal/combination/slightly dry, I find that I can’t use this anymore as it is too heavy and clogs my pores. I prefer gentle foaming cleansers now. However, if you have the skin type that this cleanser is designed for, I would absolutely recommend this! If you are unsure, I think you can get samples on the website, or you can purchase the smaller 50ml bottle on certain sites only, which is a great trial size. Keep in mind though you don’t get the muslin cloth with the 50ml.

Where to buy: http://international.paiskincare.com

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Kora Organics Blemish Gel Review

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Hello beauties! Today I will be reviewing the Kora Organics Blemish gel. Kora Organics is a certified organic skincare line, created by Australian Victoria’s Secret Model and certified health coach, Miranda Kerr. This was probably the second Kora product I have ever tried, and was really impressed. It is the best natural/certified organic blemish treatment I have yet tried. At first I was skeptical, because there are many natural blemish treatments out there that do not work, or don’t work as fast. This product, however, does work really well and really fast. It features Noni fruit extract, a powerful antioxidant (Kerr’s beauty secret), which also features in each Kora Organics product.

Description as on the Kora Organics Website:

KORA Organics Blemish Gel is a powerful blend of concentrated botanicals specifically designed to naturally help with and address problematic skin. Noni extract and Lemon Myrtle combine to simply, quickly and effectively support the skin against blemishes.

Directions: Apply a pea sized amount to clean, dry skin directly onto the spot or blemish 2-3 times a day. Gently smooth the gel around the blemish and allow 1-2 minutes to dry. Use in conjunction with KORA Organics skincare products.

I would definitely recommend to only apply directly to the blemish and not the entire face, to prevent irritating your skin (as it’s very potent) and it will also prevent you from using up the product quicker.

Ingredients: Olea europea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Aloe barbardensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Alcohol*, Glycerin, Cocoyl Proline, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Lactic Acid, Aqua (Water,) citral**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

Smell: The smell of this product is absolutely divine! I think it must be the Lemon Myrtle! Smells very botanical and fresh. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Feel: The feel is gel like and liquidy. Once rubbed into skin, it does dry, however it’s able to not only dry out the blemish, but also hydrate the skin at the same time, which is pretty amazing. My skin doesn’t feel irritated, however I only apply the product to the blemish to avoid any irritation that might occur, with the natural alcohol in the product. 

Effective? Yes, it is quite effective. It seemed to get rid of my blemishes (especially the hard ones on my jawline) in about 3 days. Each day your blemish is significantly reduced and less red. However, I would only apply directly to the blemish, because when I used to apply it to a whole area, it would sometimes cause a few blemishes (maybe because of the potent nature and natural alcohol in the product).

Size: The product is 10ml or 0.43 fl.oz. It is quite small.

Packaging: Really love the aqua blue packaging! It comes in a squeeze tube (much better than the previous pump version) so you are able to control the amount of product as well as get all of the product out. I also really love that at the back of each of Kora’s products, there is a positive word. So, for this product I believe it is laughter. I think positive affirmations are a really great added touch to the Kora range.

Longevity: This is probably the product’s only fault. I go through this product quite quickly, which is annoying because this product is quite expensive along with added shipping prices (or you can buy in store). I think I may have gone through about one each month/month and half. However, if you only apply a small amount directly to the blemish it will last a decent amount of time. But if you’re the type of person to break out regularly, you might use this product up very quickly.

Price: AUD $39.50. This is quite expensive relative to the amount of product you receive, especially if you buy it online and pay for added shipping (coming to roughly $50). However, because it is made with such good quality and potent botanicals and it is certified organic, it is expected to be on the pricier side.

Rating: 4/5. Only because it doesn’t last very long and it is quite expensive.

Recommend? Yes.

Where to get it? Of course you can purchase it off the Kora organics website: http://www.koraorganics.com. I really would recommend their online store because of the wonderful customer service. In Australia, your package will arrive within 1-2 days, which is amazing. You also receive very generous amounts of samples, and sometimes even a full size product! You can also purchase Kora at: http://www.net-a-porter.com, however I don’t think they sell the full range. Kora organics is also available within David Jones stores.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Mukti Pink Grapefruit Body Wash Review

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Mukti Botanicals is an Australian certified organic skincare line, ranging from face, body, and haircare products. I’m always on the verge of finding a good organic body wash for my sensitive skin, which is really reactive. I thought i’d give Mukti’s Pink Grapefruit body wash a try, as pink grapefruit is meant to help with body breakouts, and because it’s organic I thought it would be gentle on my skin. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to like this product, it didn’t work so well to heal breakouts, but rather would create some red bumps on my body whenever I used this product. However, I can’t fault the product as it wasn’t specifically targeted for breakout prone skin, however it shouldn’t cause breakouts! Even though it is all natural and contains some really good ingredients, I’m still not sure what might be irritating my skin with this product. It was quite disappointing because I actually really enjoy other Mukti products, but this one however was a miss for me. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and so what might not work for me, might be the perfect product for you. Also, what is so great about Mukti is that they offer samples on their website! In saying that, I did get a sample of this, and at that time my skin was fine, however it probably needed more uses to see how it’d work on my skin.

Description as on the Mukti website:

Features: calendula, sage, citrus.

“A gentle foaming and cleansing gel that leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and lightly moisturised. Naturally infused with a harmonising blend of organic plant extracts and pure essential oils. Suitable for babies and children. Also suitable as a bubble bath.”

Benefits:

-Cleansing & hydrating

-pH balanced

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Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate; Cocobetaine; Certified Organic Aqueous Extracts of Bladderwrack (Fucus Vesiculosus), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf, Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Nettle (Urtica Dioica), Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense), Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Sage (Salvia Officinalis) & Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium); Xanthan Gum; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Pink Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi), Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina) & Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia); Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid & Sorbic Acid; Salt (Sodium Chloride); Citric Acid.

The Smell: The smell is quite citrusy and you can definitely smell the pink grapefruit. Citrus smells aren’t my favourite, but it wasn’t so unbearable to use.

The Feel: It’s quite an odd gel like texture, from the Aloe Vera base. Not my favourite texture either. Would have preferred something more creamy. It lathers quite well, but not to the extreme. It also feels as though there is some residue left on the skin, which I don’t like.

Size: The product comes in quite a large bottle, containing 500ml. So, if you’re not that impressed with the product, then it feels wasteful to throw it out. It will definitely last for a while.

Who is it suitable for? The Mukti website states all ages, even suitable for babies and children. Although if you have sensitive, reactive breakout prone skin, i’d probably stay away. If you did want to give it a try, i’d suggest getting a sample first.

Rating: 2/5

Recommend? Unfortunately this product is a miss for me!

For more information, visit the Mukti Botanicals website: http://www.muktiorganics.com

If anyone has any suggestions on good organic body washes or soaps for sensitive acne prone skin, please let me know!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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