REVIEW: Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum and Renewing Moisturiser.

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It’s winter here in Australia, and as the weather cools down, my skin gets to, unfortunately, dry up. Every winter I assess my skincare regime and try to work out what I can be doing to take better care of my face.

When I was asked to review the Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum* and Renewing Moisturiser*, I jumped at the chance. I had used Derma E products before and I knew that Derma E is a high quality, cruelty free brand that focused on using natural products wherever possible. I’d also heard about all the great affects of using Vitamin C in your skincare, but never really found a range that I liked. I was very keen to see if Derma E’s Vitamin C range would agree with my combination skin.

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The Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum and Renewing Moisturiser* are both packaged in slender bottles with a pump that contain 60ml of product each. I love the simple white and orange label design because it instantly makes me think of oranges and  therefore vitamin C. Both products come in a matching box.

The Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum* retails at $39.95 in Australia and contains active ingredients hyaluronic acid, non-oxidising vitamin C and aloe vera.  According to the press release, this serum promises to help

…brighten the skin and boost collagen health, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improving the appearance of uneven skin tone.”

The Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum* is a gel-based serum with a slight orange tint. It has a delicious natural citrus scent which reminds me of the lemon tree that grew in my childhood backyard. It dissolves into the skin very quickly and unlike some other Vitamin C products that I’ve tried, it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. After use, my skin feels very smooth and ready for some moisturiser.

The Derma E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturiser* retails for $34.95 and it is a very light, cream-based moisturiser. It has the same incredible citrus scent as the serum. I prefer a heavier moisturiser at night time, so I have been using the Derma E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturiser* as a day cream and I am please to share that it is the best day cream I have ever used! It’s super light, doesn’t add unnecessary grease to my t-zone and is the perfect base for make-up. I don’t even need to use a makeup primer when I wear this moisturiser!

In addition to non-oxidising vitamin C, the Derma E Vitamin C Renewing Moisturiser* also contains rooibos and probiotics. According to the press release, this combination of ingredients is designed to

 …help shield and strengthen the skin’s natural defences for a smoother, firmer and more revitalised appearance.”

I’ve been using the Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum* and the Renewing Moisturiser* for a few weeks now and I’ve noticed that my complexion is looking brighter and I am experiencing less redness. I would definitely recommend these products to anyone who is looking for natural skincare solutions that actually work.

*All products in this post were provided for my review.  This has not influenced my views in any way.  Please read my PR & Disclosure Policy for more information.

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Thank ‘Goodness’* for natural skincare solutions!

 

Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser and Every Week Face Scrub.

Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser and Every Week Face Scrub.

 

I like to avoid chemicals wherever possible, so I was delighted when these Goodness skincare products arrived on my doorstep.

Goodness is an affordable, natural skincare brand. Their products contain loads of wonderful ingredients, including their star ingredient – chia seed oil.

According to the Goodness website:

Chia seed oil is the bees knees, the A student, the red carpet gown of plant oils for your skin. A couple of drops a few times a day sorts out essential fatty acids, minerals, B-vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and general goodness for your skin.

Using chia seed oil means you’re giving your skin all it needs to do what it’s designed to do – making you look awesome plus keeping your insides infection free and in the right place.”

The Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser* and the Every Week Face Scrub*  are very creamy and super hydrating. So, if you have normal to dry skin, they could be great for you! As I recently discovered that I have combination skin, these products are probably slightly too rich for me to use everyday. I hope that Goodness bring out some gel-based products in the near future.

Both products have a very earthy scent, and the aroma of chia seed oil definitely shines through.

The Every Week Face Scrub* has tiny grains of powdered pumice in it, which creates a very gentle exfoliation. No nasty microbeads in sight! Hoorah!

As someone whose skin used to be incredibly dry, I can say that these are much better quality than most other ‘drugstore’ hydrating skincare products out there.

In Australia, you can find Goodness products at all My Chemist stores and selected Woolworths supermarkets and Priceline stores.

Have you tried Goodness products? What did you think? 

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Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist (Toner)* Review

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I’ve always been a bit skeptical about Toners.  Is it really necessary to have a step in between cleansing and moisturising?  I remember the very first Toner I tried was one of those supermarket brands aimed at teenage acne. My skin burned like crazy after applying it.  Needless to say, that experience put me off toners for a while.

As I got older, and my skin got drier, I discovered hydrating toners.  They were always very gentle and it actually felt like they were actually doing something good for my skin.

I was delighted to be given the opportunity to try the Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist because it contains some of my favourite natural skincare ingredients, rose and aloe vera.  I was also curious to try something from model and wellness-enthusiast Miranda Kerr’s skincare line.

According to a media statement from Kora Organics founder Miranda Kerr, “we use the purest, highest quality, active certified organic, natural ingredients and formulate them to work strategically to maximise results, unleashing the body’s ability to heal.”

The Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist has an incredibly refreshing floral fragrance, which reminds me of spring.  The bottle’s spray function allows it to be applied to the skin in a gentle mist and leaves my face filling silky-smooth, the perfect base for moisturiser.  It’s toners like this that make me think that having an extra skincare step in-between cleansing and moisturising is worth it after all.

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr Balancing Rose Mist retails for $39.95 in Australia and is available from selected chemists and online at www.koraorganics.com.

Have you tried any Kora Organics products?  Comment below and let me know what you thought of them!


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How well do you know your skin? 

I’ve read a lot of articles that say, as our skin is affected by our hormones (thanks pals), that our skin changes all the time.  For me, as soon as I finished puberty my skin became insanely dry and slightly sensitive and has stayed that way.

Every facial I’ve ever had (which admittedly hasn’t been a lot because they are so expensive and time consuming), I’ve been told that I have very dry skin. I think I’ve been using ‘anti-aging’ products since I was 20 just to hydrate my skin.

As a post-birthday treat to myself, I booked myself in for a facial at my local Endota Spa.  I’ve decided that now that I’m 27, I want to try to be one of those people who get facials monthly.  I’m a big believer that prevention is better than a cure and I want my skin to look fresh for as long as possible.

So I went along on Monday for a Dermalogica Face Treatment expecting the same-old super hydrating session with cream cleansers, lots of serums and a hydrating mask.  I got the biggest shock when, during my face mapping, the therapist explained that I have a very oily t-zone and I’m actually only dry on my cheeks. Say what?!!

The therapist explained that I might have over-hydrated my skin with all the gentle, creamy products I’ve been using. So I guess it really is possible to have too much of a good thing!  In a way it makes sense, since I have visible pores on my nose and I’m prone to blackheads.  Also, if I don’t powder my foundation it disappears, but I always just assumed it was my thirsty skin drinking it.  Perhaps it was excess oil making my foundation move.  Mind blown!

The therapist recommended a large variety of Dermalogica products and suggested that I mix it up each day depending on how my skin is feeling. Oh the joys of combination skin!  Goodbye to my previously straightforward skincare regime!

After my super-relaxing 60 minute facial, I decided to buy the Dermalogica Oily Skin Kit which contains miniature products to treat my oily t-zone.  Still can’t believe I need products for oily skin!  I also bought the Dermalogica Power Recovery Masque to treat my dry cheeks.  As a free gift with purchase, I also received a three-piece Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Renewal Kit.

My therapist recommended booking in for a maintenance treatment in two weeks.  After that, I’m hoping to have facials monthly and even maybe try hydro-microdermabrasion.

I look forward to including all these products in my skincare routine and seeing how they help my newly-discovered combination skin.  I’ll keep you posted on how I go.

When was the last time you had a facial?  Did you discover anything surprising about your skin?

My Dermalogica haul.

Coast to Coast* Review

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I love using natural products wherever possible so I jumped at the chance to try out a couple of products from Coast To Coast.

Coast To Coast is a skin and body care brand, which gathers inspiration from the beauty of native Australian plants.

Coast To Coast products are divided into three different categories to target particular skin concerns.  The categories are Coastal (hydration for dry and sensitive skin), Rainforest (balance for combination skin) and Outback (illumination for dehydrated and dull skin.)

As I have dry skin, I was sent the Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser from the Coastal range to trial and review.  I was also sent the Replenishing Body Scrub from the Outback body care range.

Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser (RRP Aus$19.95)

I usually don’t use foaming cleansers because they usually dry out my skin even more so, but the Coast To Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser wasn’t drying at all and it left my skin feeling soft.  However, in order to get the squeaky-clean feeling I like from my cleanser, I needed to double cleanse.  Three cleanses removes a full-face of make-up.

Coast To Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser has a fresh, relaxing scent. The aroma of Bergamot is the strongest note to me and it reminds me of walking into Endota Spa.

A little bit goes a long way with this cleanser, a 20 cent coin-sized amount of product is enough for my face and neck.

I think $19.95 is a good price for a cleanser of this quality and I would probably purchase it.

Replenishing Body Exfoliant (RRP Aus$24.95)

I love a good body scrub for keeping my dry skin smooth, especially before a spray tan.  Plum is a main ingredient in the Replenishing Body Exfoliant and it gives it a stunning marsala red colour and sweet (but not sickly) scent.

The exfoliating particles in this scrub are super-fine and it reminds me of microdermabrasion scrubs I have tried.  The label tells me that the exfoliating particles are actually ground walnut shells, which is a great alternative to plastic micro-beads!  Unfortunately, this does mean that people with nut allergies can’t use it.

My only qualm with this product is that it is super runny, so a tube isn’t ideal packaging for it.  Whenever I squeeze the tube, way too much product comes out and often splashes off my loofah and all over my shower.  I think the consistency of this scrub would be much better suited to a bottle with a pump.

I think this scrub would be great for people with sensitive skin as it isn’t harsh.  I don’t have any redness or flakiness when I use this scrub, just delightfully smooth skin.


I love the idea behind Coast To Coast skin and body care and the products are great.

Coast To Coast products are stocked at selected David Jones, Emporium in Melbourne, Sephora in Sydney and online at http://coasttocoastaustralia.com.au

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Enbacci Skincare Event & 3-Step System* Review

The Enbacci Skincare Bloggers’ Event 

A few months ago I was invited to the Enbacci Skincare Bloggers’ event, which was organised to showcase their Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating 3-Step System and Basics Range.  I had never heard of the brand before so I was excited to see and experience some new skincare products.  The event was held in a suite at Melbourne’s beautiful Crown Metropol which was transformed into a function room for the day.  My fellow bloggers and I were served delicious canapés and drinks while the lovely Yong-Li from Enbacci presented the products to us.

Yong-Li's presentation

Yong-Li’s presentation

During Yong-Li’s presentation, she passed the products, a bowl of water and a towel around the room so that we could all try the products on our hands.  It was really great to be able to feel and smell the products, and, personally, I loved giving my hands some much-needed TLC!  While we pampered ourselves, we learnt that Enbacci is an Australian family business and they endeavour to use as many natural ingredients as possible.  Several of Yong-Li’s family members have sensitive skin and she wanted to create something that they could use!   So the idea behind Enbacci, is a simple skincare range that anyone can use.  For the people out their that are overwhelmed by the broad range of skincare available, I bet that’s music to their ears!  Yong-Li’s Father was one of the caterers of the event and if his youthful appearance is anything to go by –  these products do wonders!  We also learnt that one of the main ingredients in Enbacci skincare is Vitis Vinifera, also known as grape stem cells.  Stem cells are hugely popular in anti-aging skincare at the moment and, according to Enbacci, grape stem cells “have been found to be particularly effective in reducing the skin’s appearance of environmental stresses…and the first signs of ageing.” The Enbacci 3-Step System contains the Rejuvenating Gel cleanser, the Rejuvenating Essence (toner mist) and the Rejuvenating Essential Créme (moisturiser).  The simple 3-Step System should be used twice a day.  The Enbacci Basics Range contains some extra pampering products including: a Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Scrub, Detoxifying Clay Mask, Pore Minimiser, Moisturising Hand & Nail Cream and Brightening Hand & Nail Cream.

The Enbacci 3 Step System

The Enbacci 3- Step System

The Enbacci Basics Range

The Enbacci Basics Range

After Yong-Li’s presentation, we were introduced to a beauty therapist named Chelsea whose salon Pampered Perfection has recently started stocking Enbacci products.  Chelsea spoke to us about why she believes in Enbacci and what she likes about the products. At the end of the event, we were given a very generous gift bag which contained the Enbacci 3-Step System, a voucher for an Enbacci facial at Chelsea’s salon ‘Pampered Perfection’ and an information booklet about the Enbacci products.  This was a really lovely event and we all left feeling happy and very spoilt!

My Review of the 3-Step System

Firstly, the Enbacci 3-Step range is very well dressed!  In sleek, clear plastic blue bottles and tubs with white text, they have a very high-end look.  As Yong-Li mentioned, they chose plastic over glass so the products could be travel-friendly, which is also a big plus.  The products are excellent quality too and although I have dry, sensitive skin, they all seemed to agree with me.      

I knew I was going to like the Rejuvenating Gel Cleanser ($64.00 AUD on the Enbacci websitebecause gel cleansers are usually my favourite form of cleansers.  Enbacci’s Gel Cleanser foams lightly and is good for removing foundation and the first layer of eye make-up.  I found that I still needed to use an eye make-up remover to shift tougher products like waterproof mascara.  Now that it’s winter, this cleanser sometimes leaves my even-drier-than-usual skin feeling a little tight, so I think it is a warmer month cleanser for me.

I love mist toners so I really enjoyed the Rejuvenating Essence ($69.00 AUD on the Enbacci website.)  In fact, I probably used a little too much of it because out of the three products I used the Rejuvenating Essence up first.  It had a fresh floral scent which reminded me of a Garnier range that I used to use as a teenager.  It absorbed into my skin quickly and was very refreshing.

At the event, Yong-Li told us that the Rejuvenating Essential Créme ($103.00 AUD on the Enbacci website) is designed to be a day and night cream for all skin types.  Unfortunately, as I have dry skin, this moisturiser was a nice, light day cream but definitely not rich enough for a night cream.

In conclusion, I would probably repurchase the Gel Cleanser and Rejuvenating Essence and combine them with my own day and night creams.  Although I understand that Enbacci have only created one moisturiser to keep their range simple, I think that a lot more people would be drawn to the brand if they also created a day cream with SPF 30+ sun protection and a richer night cream.

Enbacci products can be bought online from www.enbacci.com and at selected salons such as Pampered Perfection (contact Chelsea on 0422 035 392.)

Introducing: The Must-Have Shopping List

It is with great pleasure that I launch the newest addition to Ms This N That Blog – The Must-Have Shopping List

Ms This N That Blog’s Must-Have Shopping List is your easy shopping list for when you are looking for a new [insert beauty product here] and you just want something that works! It lists all your essential beauty products in alphabetical order.

As I’ve said before, as much as I love indulging in luxury beauty brands, I believe that you don’t have to necessarily spend big for great results. Therefore, I’ve included a ‘Luxury Investment’ (for when you feel like treating yourself) and ‘Bargain Buy’ (for when you’re counting your coinage until pay day) option for each category. All products have been tried, tested and adored by your’s truly (or my husband, in the case of the men’s products.)

I will be constantly updating the list as I discover new, great beauty products. I will make sure that I introduce each product that I add with a quick post.

As you will see, there are TBA items in some categories, which basically means I haven’t yet found a product that I truly LOVE (I only want to recommend the very best to my readers!) I’d love if you could please suggest some products I should try in those categories! I will be sure to credit you in a post if/when I include it.

Just click on Must-Have Shopping List on the tool bar above to start viewing the list now.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of the products on the Must-Have Shopping List and what you thought of them. Which products would be on your list?

Till next time,

Ms This n That xx