Skincare product review – May 2016

My skin has had a lovely shock to the system these past six weeks, having to acclimatise to the lovely dry heat of Port Hedland and a change in diet (no more vegetarian dinners!).

One great thing about coming home is getting to try new skincare products! I’ve also rediscovered (ie: forgot that I own) some products that I left behind, and fallen in love with again.

Below are a list of products and my reviews:

Goodness Every Evening Cream

goodness every evening cream
Photo credit: Goodness Products
I found this at Woolworths and the list of ingredients were pretty impressive which included honeysuckle flower extract, chia seed, coconut and avocado oils (sounds like a scrumptious salad actually). The cream itself is not so impressive. It smells really nice and the texture is as a night cream should be – thick and ultra moisturising. However, I didn’t wake up to glowing skin, something that’s important to me. I think it’s more suited to people with dry and very dry skins; it doesn’t really add anything extra to my oily skin. Overall, it does the job of keeping my skin youthful and supple and I haven’t had any major breakouts from using it. A great choice for those who like wholesome skincare.

Hada Labo Tamagohada Mild Peeling Lotion

hada labo tamagohada mild peeling lotion
Photo credit: Watsons Pharmacy
Another product from the Hada Labo range, which I totes adore. The main ingredient in this is gluconic acid (after water), which works to break down dead skin cells. I bought this in Singapore and it worked amazingly for the humid climate, leaving my skin refreshed and glowing. When I came back to Australia however, it didn’t have the same effect. I don’t know if it’s the difference in climate and environment, or maybe it was me. It’s now working better, but I do alternate using it with my La Roche Posay Serozinc, just to give my skin a break.  I still recommend it and would also suggest following up with a replenishing moisturiser. (Want more micellar water reviews? Check out my previous post)

Essano Rosehip Gentle Facial Cleansing micellar water

essano rosehip micellar water
Photo credit: Priceline Pharmacy
I’m just gonna come out and say it: I don’t like this product. It does take all your make-up off but it then leaves a weird, soapy residue on your skin. The Garnier one does not do that at all. I really do not recommend this, especially if you have sensitive skin, because I can just see someone breaking out, or having an allergic reaction using this product.

Bodyscents Recovery Gel

bodyscents recover gel
Photo credit: Bodyscents
I frickin’ love this thing! I initially bought this to soothe some horrendous windburn around my lips, and when I read the ingredients properly I realised it was the best acne gel ever. This is a great option for people with super sensitive skin or who are averse to using chemicals. I would put this on my spot/s every night, for about three to four nights and they would disappear! After the first night, the redness decreased significantly which is great if you get conscious of your pimples. I came across this at some ‘women in power’ type of event, and what I really liked about this brand is that they’re 100 per cent made from natural ingredients, it’s home made and from WA! They  have an excellent range of skin, hair and bodycare products and I encourage you to check it out.

Panier des Sens en Provence Crème de la Reine à la Gelée Royale (Royal Body Cream with Royal Jelly)

panier des sens royal jelly body cream
Photo credit: Panier des Sens
This is technically not new, simply a rediscovery (it counts though, right?). I got this as a gift from a dear friend of mine, and I enjoy using this. I think it’s meant to smell like honey, which it doesn’t, but it doesn’t smell bad either. It’s incredibly moisturising without that stickiness and isn’t heavily scented, so you can wear it with perfume. I also have the lip balm from this range which is also really nice, but is sticky and melts easily (not great if you live in a very hot climate). This isn’t suitable for people with really dry skin as it won’t provide much relief; this is better for those who just need something light for a bit of extra hydration.

Chantecaille Stress Repair Concentrate

chantecaille stress repair concentrate eye cream
Photo credit: Mecca Cosmetics
Disclosure: I only used a sample of this, as the hefty price tag ($264) is waaaaay out of my budget. However, the sample lasted me about ten days, and I love it. You know how you read about those creams that have an ‘instant effect’? This is one of them. Seriously. As soon as I apply this to my under eye area, I notice that it just brightens straight away, and if I had wrinkles, they’d probably disappear too. The one thing it doesn’t do well is minimise dark circles, which it claims to do. That’s what concealer is for though, so if you’re looking to splurge on a good eye cream, this is it.

Chantecaille Magnolia, Jasmine, Lily Healing Emulsion

chantecaille magnolia jasmine lily healing emulsion
Photo credit: Mecca Cosmetics
In English, it’s an anti-redness cream. I don’t have a lot of redness, but I do remember there was a period where my skin was pretty inflamed (I can’t remember why, but it was painful) and this helped reduce the redness so much, and calm my skin down. I also use this before applying make-up, whenever I have more redness than usual around my nose or on an angry pimple. It is expensive ($180) but definitely worth it if you have a tendency towards irritated or inflamed skin.

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