Monday 28 September 2015

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba review

I've spent a lot of time discussing argan oil on my blog recently, but there is another fab oil that I think deserves some attention: Jojoba oil.

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba review

Jojoba oil is close in molecular structure to sebum, the oily matter that is created in the sebaceous glands in our skin to "lubricate and waterproof" hair and skin. A large chunk of sebum is made up of wax esters, but as we age, we produce less of it, meaning that we lose more moisture from the skin. Jojoba oil is the only oil that is known to also contain wax esters, meaning that it acts as a great moisturiser for both skin and hair as well as helping to restore youthfulness to the skin.

In addition, Jojoba naturally contains powerful antioxidants, Vitamins A, D and E and Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids as well as as being hypoallergenic.

The Jojoba Company is an Australian company that produces jojoba based products, but they also sell pure, 100% Australian Jojoba Oil, which I'm going to be discussing with you all today.

Just like argan oil, jojoba is incredibly multi-functional. Therefore, like in my InstaNatural Argan Oil review, I'm going to list the ways that I tested it out and what results I've had.

Thursday 24 September 2015

InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir and Argan Oil Hair Mask reviews

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may have seen that I have reviewed a couple of InstaNatural products recently and I have been loving them! Well, today I am quite excited to discuss not one, but TWO InstaNatural hair products for you all!

InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir and Argan Oil Hair Mask

First up we have the Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir, a blend of argan oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil and shea butter to revitalise limp and lifeless hair. The 100% plant oil formula also helps to add long-lasting shine to the hair and also tame frizziness. Shea butter adds volume and pathenol strengthens hair shafts by filling in cracks. It’s a multi-functional hair blessing!

It can be used as an overnight treatment, a quick 10 minute treatment, 2 hour treatment and even a serum on dry hair.

Next up we also have the Argan Oil Hair Mask, a deep conditioning hair treatment for dry, damaged hair. It includes a collection of natural and organic ingredients such as argan oil, coconut oil, Vitamin B5, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, amino acid complex and more.

It aims to fix up dry or damaged hair as well as making hair more manageable, smooth and shiny with more volume.

Both products are safe for coloured hair and also help to protect the hair during heat styling.

I’m going to start off by discussing my results with the oil, then follow up with the conditioner.

Monday 21 September 2015

Korres Wild Rose Eye Cream review

Dark circles around the eyes can be annoying. However, they're not really avoidable as they tend to be caused by our genes (thanks, genes!) amongst similar reasons, such as getting older (thanks, ageing!), but there are ways that we can help to reduce their appearance.

Korres Wild Rose Eye Cream

Korres' Wild Rose Eye Cream is an 81.5% natural eye cream that aims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles (and it is also SPF15). It contains wild rose oil which is high in Vitamin C that helps to repair fine lines and pigmentation issues. It also contains linoleic acid and linolenic acid that helps moisturise, heal and soften. There is also the added benefit of it adding a protective film on the skin to help cell regeneration as well as to improve texture of the skin. So, not much, eh!?

In contrast to what it does contain, it importantly doesn't contain any mineral oil, PEG, SLES, ALES, silicones, parabens, petrolatum/paraffin wax, retinol, polycylic musks, synthetic dye, propylene glycol, ethanolamines, phthlates or any animal by-products.

Monday 14 September 2015

Stop Losing Your Hair Now - Guest Post by Molly Garner

Are you losing your hair? If you are, you are not alone, but you certainly want to stop it from happening. Thankfully, what you eat can have a major impact on your hair's ability to grow and your hair's strength and health.

It is critical that you incorporate certain foods into your daily diet so that your hair has the nutrients that it needs for health. 

These foods are ones that you surely already eat, but you want to eat more of them to fully reap the benefits and get the right amount of nutrients.

In addition to having healthier hair that grows, you will also improve the health of your skin and your total body with these foods. 

Check out the infographic below to learn more about these foods. Make it a point to start working them into your diet on a daily basis.

Thursday 10 September 2015

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion review

When we look for new skincare products, we want something that works, and works hard. However, working hard doesn't have to mean being harsh. 

AA Skincare's Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion is a lightweight, naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic moisturising lotion, meaning that it is perfect for those who suffer with blemishes or other facial skin conditions. In addition to moisturising, it also helps to tone and restore the skin. 

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion

With 30 years of experience in making skincare products, sourcing only the best essential oils for the job, AA Skincare promise that this is a calming and soothing lotion - without all the harsh ingredients.

In addition to lavender and tea tree, it also contains rosehip oil (which is high in Vitamin C), grapeseed oil, panthenol (derived from Vitamin B produced by plants), glycerin and sunflower oil (which is high in Vitamin E).

Monday 7 September 2015

InstaNatural Argan Oil review

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will probably have seen the fabulous guest post by Amy Goldsmith about the uses of argan oil for skin (and if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you do give it a read!). Argan oil is a great multi-purpose product that can be used for a number of things. It can be used on the skin, on the hair, for nails or even for healing purposes.

One of the brands who sell this wonder oil is InstaNatural. Their Argan Oil is a 100% pure, cold-pressed, organic, unrefined, Grade I oil that is Ecocert certified.

 It comes in a fairly large 120ml/4fl oz bottle with a screw cap that can be replaced with a pump cap (included).

I decided to go through Amy’s tips from her article to give it a proper test in a variety of areas to let you know how well it works.

Thursday 3 September 2015

Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash review

Recently I went on a break from the blog whilst I was moving house. During this time, I missed my June Birchbox review. However, I did receive it, and inside there were a couple of things that I wanted to talk about. One of those items is the Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash.

Balance Me Super Moisturising Body Wash

Balance Me's Super Moisturising Body Wash is an award-winning, sulphate free, 99% natural body wash that helps to replenish, cleanse and protect dry and/or irritated skin.

It is rich in shea butter, patchouli, benzoin oil and yarrow to keep skin so soft that you can skip on moisturiser afterwards if you're in a rush.

It comes packaged in a bright yellow squeezy bottle that holds 200ml of product (the one that I have from Birchbox is half the size) with a translucent screw cap. The product itself is a clear but golden tinted gel. It has a strong scent that primarily smells of the benzoin and patchouli oil to my nose.