Month: February 2015

Night Stand – Beauty Essentials

P1010122My nightly bedtime routine isn’t as elaborate as one would expect. In saying so, I almost never miss these steps. I absolutely despise the feeling of dry hands, feet and lips. These are my “absolute essentials” before crashing:

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm – this product has featured on this blog multiple times. Nothing protects my lips like this balm. Nothing!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Hand & Nail Cream – Non sticky, instantly absorbing, pleasantly scented not overpowering, hydration for lizard hands. Its said that skin on your hands is a true indicator of your age, therefore I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to use a good hand cream and spf to protect your hard working hands.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme – Dare I say this product is an overnight miracle for awful cuticles. It’s a complete life saver for dry, peeling cuticles. A lemon scented balm texture to be rubbed in thoroughly and next morning the skin around cuticles appears moisturized and healthy!

L’occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream – Love this product, the concentration of shea butter helps repair dry or cracked heels. Massage this cream, wear socks and your feet next morning are much better. Not an overnight miracle but with consistent application, it does work.

Bath & Body Works Sleep Pillow Mist (Lavender & Chamomile) – I guess this is more of a psychological thing, I use primarily to freshen my pillow and sheets. Lavender and Chamomile are known for their calming and soothing properties.


Peels – Face Off (not literally)

P1010031Few days ago, I posted my reviews on Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel (sensitive) and Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating peel. Today I have a face off/comparison for you:

Base Alpha Hydroxy Acids Enzyme
Exfoliate skin Yes Yes
Fine lines & wrinkles Unable to comment – don’t have any fine lines or wrinkles (in my 20’s)
Improved tone Yes Yes
Skin Clarity Yes Yes
Smoother skin/congestion Yes Yes
Dark spots Yes No
Pigmentation help Yes No
Texture Yes Yes
Dries skin after use Yes – after exfoliation need to moisturize Yes – after exfoliation need to moisturize
Suitable Skin Type Sensitive except rosacea and very sensitive skin Active & Oily; Sensitive
Packaging Clear glass jar with white lid Opaque Tube
Quantity 2 fl oz. 1.8 fl oz.
Price $39 $14.95
Availability Brand Website, Whole Foods, Ulta Brand Website, Whole Foods
Animal Testing NO NO, Vegan, Gluten Free

Birchbox – February 2015

Good morning beautiful people 🙂 Ive been away traveling for work and when I return home I find a nice welcome home package waiting for me. Yes its Birchbox time.

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Derma E Anti Wrinkle Vitamin A and Glycolic Scrub – Trialled this last night after a draining and dehydrating flight home, it just gave my skin a boost. Its going to be my travel companion.

Fake Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo – Loved the fragrance of the dry shampoo, but yet to try it properly.

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash – Yet another body wash, just like any other body wash…..mehhh

Summit Color Contrast Eyeliner (shade teal) – Holy smokes, this liner doesn’t budge or smear at all. Its soft, smooth no need to pull or tug the eye and incredibly pigmented. Need an oil based cleanser to get rid of it. Certainly will purchase black and brown shades of this pencil.

theBalm Read my Lips – Such a lovely peachy coral-ly shade, nicely pigmented, very moisturizing to the lips. Definitely purchasing a full size tube and curious to explore other shades.

Overall this month made up for last months boo-boo. I also love the classy floral print on sides of the box 🙂 Birchbox you made me a very happy gal for the short month of Feb.

Did you receive your boxes, what did you think of them?


Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel

P1010033Recently I reviewed Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel Sensitve and mentioned Andalou Naturals in that post. This product has similar function as that of Green Apple Peel, except this is an enzyme based product.

Andalou Naturals claims: For Active & Oily Skin (FYI – I’m combination)
Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science renews skin at the cellular level, blending nature and knowledge for visible Clarifying results.  Grapefruit Kombucha, pineapple, and papaya enzymes loosen and exfoliate dull, dry surface cells, unclogging pores and stimulating circulation for improved clarity, tone, and texture. Fruit Stem Cell Complex and Vitamin C boost healthy cell renewal for a clear, refreshed complexion. 

Kombucha Peel is lot milder, gentler and doesn’t tingle my skin. It does have a pleasant smell but may irritate some with fragrance sensitivity. Since my purchase they have changed their packaging. I have the tube pictured above. I apply this peel generously after cleansing my skin. Let it dry, walk away, get some chores done, and then come back. I take some steam on my face and very gently massage the peel and steam on my face loosening the stubborn dead cells and instigating some circulation. My skin feels a lot smoother, brighter, and clearer. Does it help with any pigmentation and scars….ermmm not really. But its a fabulous exfoliator.

Ingredient wise: Aloe Barbadensis and Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Juices*, Saccharomyces Xylinum (Kombucha) Black Tea Ferment , Pectin, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Papain, Bromelain, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Lauric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa and Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extracts*†, Arginine, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oils*

Non-GMO verified    *Organic    † Fair Trade

To me, these look great but may irritate some with very sensitive skins. Definitely patch test before using.

There are many enzyme peels in the market and I would like to try something stronger. Have you tried any other peels? Please let me know in comments below.

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel – $14.95


Yay or Nay – Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner


A recent visit to Lush to stock up on bath goodies, one of the sales rep recommended I should try Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. The product was created by Rowena (one of the founders of Lush) when she was conditioning her hair in the shower she thought why don’t we have a similar product for our skin?! Perfectly logical and makes perfect sense.

I requested a trial pot and as always Lush were very generous with the sample. Lush says:

With scoops of cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils, and the fragrant scent of fresh rose petals, this is the most luxurious body softener that ever was (if we don’t say so ourselves!). After washing up, slather yourself all over with this new invention. Rinse, pat dry and revel in supremely soft, rose-scented skin. 

Here’s what I say: its incredibly nourishing, softening and yes conditioning for my body. Smells friggin amazing, rose scented. Bloody amazing.

But here’s the catch to what I think: I dint use it in the shower, I used after the shower as a body butter/cream/lotion! Here’s why, the rich ingredients made my tub so greasy and led to scum (in one use). I want my skin conditioned not my tub. Plus the pot costs $32.95 for 8.4 fl oz (240gm) which I think might be used very quickly.

Ingredients as listed on their website:

Water  , Glycerine  , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis)  ,Cypress Leaf Infusion (Cupressus sempervirens)  ,Brazil Nut Oil (Bertholletia Excelsa)  , Fair Trade Organic Vanilla Pod Infusion (Aqua, Vanilla Planifolia)  ,Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii)  ,Stearic Acid  , Argan Oil (Argania spinosa)  , Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum)  , Fragrance  ,Triethanolamine  , Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao)  ,Goji Berry Decoction (Lycium barbarum)  , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena)  , Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens)  , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum)  , *Limonene  , Cetearyl Alcohol  , Citronellol  ,Coumarin  , Geraniol  , Methylparaben  , Propylparaben

These look fabulous, I’m not kidding or poking fun sarcastically. I genuinely mean it. Even the alcohol included in the list towards the end is good type of fatty alcohol. Personally I don’t have any issues with paragons either.

Having said all of this, I certainly won’t be using this in shower but as a regular body butter yes. But paying $32.95 + Tax for plain body butter, ermmm politely saying No thank you.