26 Sep 2011

Weleda and Avalon Organics

A couple of weeks ago I purchased A LOT of stuff from iherb.com so I will be doing reviews on those products in the coming weeks but today I wanted to review these two. They are the coQ10 Firming Body Lotion from Avalon Organics and the Wild Rose Deodorant from Weleda.

The coQ10 Firming Body Lotion is great, I had seen this online about a year ago but couldn't find it in any stores here so i'm really glad iherb stock it, because when I was pregant I got a bit lazy with moisturizing to keep my skin supple and now im paying for it. As I said, I only got this a couple of weeks ago but I can already see the difference, nothing major, but noticable. I think in a few more weeks i'll update to let you know if there is any change. Like any firming lotion though, you can't be lazy and expect it to do all the work, so with light exercise it should give good results, but again i'll update in a few weeks.
Cost: $11.23
 Ingrediants: Organic lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower(1), chamomilla recutita (chamomile) flower(1), camellia sinensis (white tea) leaf(2) and organic arnica montana flower(3) extracts (aqueous), glyceryl stearate SE, vegetable glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, stearic acid, sorbitol, sorbitan stearate, algae extract, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol (vitamin E), ubiquinone (CoQ10), organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil(2), citric acid, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), persea gratissima (avocado) oil, polysorbate 20, centella asiatica (gotu kola) and echinacea purpurea extracts, sodium carbomer, sodium hyaluronate, chlorella vulgaris (algae) extract, biosaccharide gum, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond), rose canina (rose hip) seed and borago officinalis (borage) oils, ethylhexylglycerin, organic citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil(2) and other essential oils.
(1) Certified by Oregon Tilth
(2) Certified by Quality Assurance International
(3) Certified by Pro-Cert Organic Systems
100% vegetarian ingredients. No animal testing. Paraben free. EU Cosmetics Directive Compliant.

The Wild Rose Deodorant is a hit and miss with me. Obviously it's not an antiperspirant so it doesn't stop you sweating but it does make your sweat smell like wild rose haha, so it the sense what it's meant for it is a good product but i personally don't really like the smell that much. It's not a bad smell, just an antiquish (if that's a word) sort of smell, it reminds me of something my nana would wear. I do use it though, the smell isn't overpowering but it's there. I think maybe I will try another scent next time as I do like this deodorant and the fact that  it doesn't sting my underarms if I have just shaved is another reason I like it.
Cost: $11.24
Ingrediants: Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)* Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylat*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Rosa Moschata Leaf Extract, Rose Damascena Extract, Glycerin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate. *from natural essential oils

If you have never made a purchase from iherb.com before, use the coupon code EYE455 at the checkout to recieve $5 off your first order.

21 Sep 2011

Bach's Rescue Energy Natural Fatigue Remedy

I just wanted to do a quick review on the Bach's Rescue Energy because I thought it might be handy for anyone who is, like I was,  curious about the taste.So...it taste's horrible. I'm not going to sugar coat it, this stuff had me gagging. In saying that though, i'm not a big alcohol person and this product in particular is 27% alcohol.

On another note, this product really does work. With 2 kids, 1 of which generally wakes up a gazillion times a night, I never have energy in the mornings and since I started taking this I feel a lot more alert and willing to do the usual chores.
Cost: $16.10 (from iherb.com)
It is 100% natural, stimulant-free and caffeine-free.

If you've never shopped at iherb.com before, use the coupon code EYE455 at the checkout to recieve $5 off your first order.

20 Sep 2011

Beauty Look 1

 This is an everyday casual look, although a bit more dressed up than usual for me :)

Kora Organics Tinted Day care Cream all over my face.
RMS Beauty "un" cover-up under my eyes.
 Mineral Fusion Eyeshadow Trio in Diversity. The skin tone all over my lid up to the brow bone, the light pink over my lid to the crease, then the deep colour in the crease.
Couleur Caramel Mascara for Long Lashes in Brown.
RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Smile on my cheeks.
RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Bloom on my lips.

I'm generally a tinted moisturiser and lip gloss kind of girl but I really liked this look. Not too done up but some nice colour. Im thinking I might do something a bit more extravagent next???

19 Sep 2011

Couleur Caramel

Today I got my parcel of goodies from Inspired Wellbeing and I am really happy with my purchases.
I ordered a few products from Couleur Caramel which is a brand i hadn't previously tried, but a little birdy told me their masscara was amazing so I thought i'd give it a go.
Let me just say it is amazing. I have the most sensitive eyes, to the point where I dont wear mascara usually because I end up blinking furiously from the irritation, but this is amazing. My eyes are not irritated in the least bit and it doesn't go all clumpy and yuck.

I chose the mascara for long eyelashes in brown and it looks great. I was blessed with naturally long eyelashes but with this mascara on they just look, well almost false. The brush it comes with is incredible, it seperates your lashes and evenly coats them all. This is definitely a product I will continue to buy.
I also got three eye and lip pencils in the colours chocolate brown, white and pink.
Like the mascara, these pencils are completely non-irritating to my eyes and the colours and so vivid which is a really nice change. They are creamy too, not dry and annoying to put on. The first time I went to use it I did need to twirl it over my skin though, i'm not sure if the pencil needed to be warmed so to speak to start working, but it was almost as though it had a layer that needed to be wiped off first. Anyways, now, it goes on beautifully straight away with a nice rich colour. It seems to stay put also.

The pencil's were $5.65 each and the mascara was $8.93. great prices for amazing products.  

Ingrediants (pencils): Hydrogenated palm oil - hydrogenated coco glycerides - cetyl laureate - cera alba (beeswax) - tocopheryl acetate - butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit allantoin [+/-may contain : ci77891(titanium dioxide) -ci 77491(red iron oxide) - ci 77492(yellow iron oxide) - ci 77499(black iron oxide) - ci 77718(talc) ci75470(carmine) - ci 77742(manganese violet).
Ingrediants (mascara): Aqua (water) glycerin - acacia senegal gum - stearic acid cera alba (beeswax) copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax sucrose acetate isobutyrate euphorbia cerifera (candellila) wax magnesium aluminum silicate glyceryl stearate - butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit sodium hydroxide* - tocopheryl acetate benzyl alcohol* - sodium hydrowymethylglycinate* - citric acid parfum (fragrance) [+/- may contain: ci77510(ferric ferrocyanide) ci 77491 (red iron oxide) ci77492 (yellow iron oxide) ci77499( black iron oxide) ci77007( ultramarine) ci75470 (carmine)*synthetic origin products.

14 Sep 2011

Coconut Oil

I am crazy for coconut oil! It has so many amazing uses and is so god for you that a person could get away with not buying any beauty products again and only use coconut oil. But seriously, what girl would want to stop buying products? Not me thats for sure!

Coconut oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Coconut oil is easily digested.
Coconut oil can be used to treat fungal infections.
Coconut oil can be used instead of other oils for cooking and in baking.
Coconut oil is an amazing moisturiser.
Coconut oil is the best treatment for hair (in my opinion).
The best reason to consume coconut oil is it can  help to speed up metabolism.

The list goes on but I have personally used it as a hair treatment, a cleanser, a moisturiser,  massage oil, it was the only thing that cleared up my sons horrible nappy rash,  I use it to cook my meat in, and I always add it to cakes as a substitute to other oils or butter.

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

 My hair has been so disgusting lately, dry scalp and dandruff but oily at the same time. So yesterday I applied a a coconut oil treatmnt to my hair and left it in all day then washed it out before bed. When I woke up this morning my hair feels better than ever, and it looks shiny too.

For those of you who have never done it, just melt some coconut oil (organic if possible, and not in a microwave), then apply to dry hair. First rub it into your whole scalp and give it a little massage then apply it to your ends. Don't apply it to your whole hair as it will not wash out properly, then wrap in a warm towel for a few hours, or overnight. You don't have to wrap a towel around our hair if you don't want to, the warmth just helps the oil to penetrate your scalp better.
When it comes time to wash it out, apply shampoo first before water, but if, like me, you forget that bit, just shampoo twice, then condition and Voila! Beautiful shiny soft hair.

I have read somewhere that regularly massaging coconut oil into your hair can help ensure against lice but í'm not sure how accurate that is. I've also heard of people adding a little to wet ends only after shampooing as a leave in treatment but ive personally never done this.

I would suggest doing this weekly if you have a real problem scalp. When my dandruff is bad I also mix a few drops of rosemary essential oil into the coconut oil before i put it in my hair, as rosemary oil is said to be great for dandruff and it seems to help my hair.

Rosemary is said to be good for all hair types and general hair care, even loss of hair.
Lavender is also said to be good for all hair types and general hair care.

I feel that I should mention, I am not a certified herbalist or aromatherapist, this is just things that I have learnt along the way from books and trial and error. Always be careful when using essential oils as reaction may occur. Always try to use organic oils as i've noticed that sometimes non-organic oils smell different and i'm not sure if this changes the effectiveness or not but organic ones smell nicer :)

rms beauty

When I got my tax back this year I went a little crazy and bought a lot of natural skincare and makeup products. Some of which were the brand rms beauty. I won't be posting photo's of what the products look like on my face at the moment because im detoxing and my skin looks horrible, but when it looks nice again I will.
I absolutely love these products, although while the weather is cold the lip2cheek's are a bit annoying to apply because they are solid, other than that they are great. A list of all the ingrediants is found on the website. The products are organic but not certified I believe, and the only one to contain anything artificial is the lip2cheek in smile which is the colouring.

(L-R) Living Illuminizer, cream eyeshadow in Solar, cream eyeshadow in Magnetic, cream eyeshadow in Seduce and "un" cover-up in 11.
The "un" cover-up doesn't actually look like that once it's rubbed in, I just wanted to show what it looks like.

(L-R) Lip shine in Bloom, lip shine in Moment, lip2cheek in Smile, lip2cheek in Modest and lip2cheek in Muse.
The lip 2 cheeks are lip gloss and blush which is handy and I actually use Muse as an eyeshadow aswell becuase it's such a nice beige/nude colour. 

The entire range can be bought from:

The main ingrediant in all of the products is coconut oil which is sbsolutely amazing for skin so these products are good for my sensitive skin  and the eye shadows do not irritate my eyes at all which is a miracle. 

If there is anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask, I'm always happy to answer any questions :)

12 Sep 2011

Kora Organics Tinted Day Care Cream

I absolutely LOVE this product. It doesn't dry out my skin at all which I love because I have very dry skin normally, and it stays on and looking great all day. I do have to mix it with moisturiser though, as it's too dark for my fair skin but I would mix it either way because it is fairly thick and does tend to stick to the skin before you get to spread it evenly. It makes my skin look even-toned and flawless, and since buying this I have not worn foundation once because this does the job perfectly. If you don't mind spending $60 on tinted moisturiser I would recommend trying this. You can buy the range, which consists of 21 products, from the website koraorganics.com, from David Jones stores and now from Terry White Chemists.

Cost: $59.95 (50ml)

Pros: It is moisturising and makes skin look amazing, it doesn't cake over spots, and, it is certified organic.

Cons: I've found that it needs to be mixed with moisturizer to spread well and it is on the pricier side.

Ingrediants: Aqueous Extract of Camellia sinensis (Green Tea*), Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile)*, Rosa centifolia (Rose)*, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)*, Olea europea (Olive) Leaf*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera)*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit)*, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Zinc Oxide, Stearic Acid, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, CI 77891, Silica, Hydrated Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, CI 77491, CI77492, CI 77499, Rosa eglanteria (Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopherol (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, CI 77288, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Lecithin (GMO free)*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyalonurate, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Olea europea (Olive) Oil, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Lactic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Aqua (Water). **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

*EDIT*: I recently read on the Kora Organics blog that the reason for the change in size of this product is because it has been reformulated to a more moussey type product which goes on easier so you need less. This makes a lot of sense and is a good change I think. In saying that though, I still use the original version and as I do have to mix mine with moisturiser to get the right colour, it seem's to be lasting forever. I have had mine for four months now and the tube still feel's full. I'm worried it will go off before I use it all .

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

I bought Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. Honestly, the only reason I bought this product was because i'm a sucker for cute packaging and this came in a nice cardboard tube, i'm so glad I did buy it though. Even though I have fair skin this colour looks great. According to the website it is only available for sale in Myer and David Jones, which is where I got it from. I love that you only need to apply one layer for colour but the more you add, the more the colour builds and it is highly moisturising. It comes in 6 shades ranging from a nudish brown to deep red. I will be trying more colours for sure.

Cost: $14 (at David Jones)

Pros: It is highly moisturising and 100% natural. It smells nice.

Cons: Nothing, except the colour doesn't last for ages, that may bother some people.

Ingrediants: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aroma (flavor)*, lanolin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cananga odorata flower wax, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax, ammonium glycyrrhizinate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza). May contain: alumina, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides). *natural flavor

       This photo doesn't really do the balm justice but it was the best I could get.