I don’t know about you, but I am always on the lookout for recommendations when it comes to beauty and skincare. In the past I’ve tended to stick to one or two brands for fear of wasting money on something that just doesn’t work for me, but these days I read a lot more about products and am more willing to branch out and try new things. In fact I love nothing more than wandering through Priceline or Chemist Warehouse looking for new goodies to try, so I wanted to share my thoughts on a few products. You can expect to see these mini reviews on a monthly basis, so let me know what you think!
Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow*
This is an all over body moisturiser that, to me, smells absolutely divine! It has a strong cocoa butter scent, so keep that in mind if you don’t like scented products. When I first saw this I thought it was a tanning product because of words ‘cocoa glow’ but it’s actually just a moisturiser that ‘restores dry skin to reveal its natural glow’. I am finding myself reaching for this every day, it’s a nice consistency that is absorbed quickly and it doesn’t leave an oiliness. It’s easy to find at Priceline, chemists and supermarkets.
Would I buy it again? Yes, definitely!
White Glo Bright Nights*
So these are quite a unique teeth whitening product – they’re dissolvable strips that are meant to give you an instantly whiter smile. They’re billed as being easy to use with no mess involved but I didn’t find that quite to be the case. I first tried these with a friend as we were walking out the door for a night out, and that probably wasn’t the best idea. To start I found the strip was huge, especially considering it’s recommended to just use it on your top teeth. Because of this it got all over my gums and also stuck all behind my teeth as well. It had a minty taste when it started to dissolve but left a lot of gunk behind, I think because the strip was so much bigger than my teeth. You’re meant to avoid swallowing while the film dissolves and then rinse your mouth. Rather than just rinsing, I found I had to wipe the excess off my teeth, so the next time I cut the strip in half. However even doing this I still found it didn’t completely dissolve. I’d say these do give your teeth a bit of a boost in terms of whiteness, I don’t think I could capture the difference in a photo but in person it just gives you a brighter edge. You can find them at Priceline and Woolworths.
Would I buy it again? Maybe, if I had a special event to prepare for.
Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel
This is, without a doubt, my Holy Grail shower gel (is that a thing?). It smells of Turkish roses and argan oil and a little bit of vanilla, it’s a really heady smell that lingers and makes my mouth water. Honestly, it is just that good. As with all Lush products it’s not tested on animals and it comes it a bottle made from recycled plastic, so you can feel good about your shower time. This scent is part of the Christmas range Lush releases every year, so if you try it out and love it I suggest you stock up at the Boxing Day sales to get you through the year.
Would I buy it again? A thousand times yes!
Kmart Face Serum
This one is a little out of left field for me, but something that I stumbled across while looking for a Secret Santa present. The main ingredients are all things that I love and find work really well for my super dry but still acne prone skin – hyaluronic acid, vitamin e, rosehip oil and collagen. You only need a small amount and so far it has left my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, as well as feeling softer to touch. It’s only early days but at only $9 a pop I’m hoping this becomes a staple.
Would I buy it again? At this stage yes, but I’ll give it a bit longer to see how it goes.
Wotnot Facial Wipes – normal/sensitive*
I hadn’t seen this brand before but was excited to give these a go seeing as they are vegan and made with organic ingredients like aloe vera, rosehip oil and sweet almond oil. They took my foundation off really easily but unfortunately stung my eyes quite badly when I tried to remove my eye makeup. This is definitely not the first face wipe to do this though, and I find that even brands for sensitive skin or ones that are made with natural ingredients still irritate my eyes. If you wanted to give these a try, you can find them at Priceline and online.
Would I buy it again? No.
Have you tried any of these products? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them!
*Kindly gifted. All opinions are my own