So many lovely products- just so many!!! I'm a very lucky human to get sent such beautiful things to review; I know this, & I'd be a fool not to tell you guys about the ones that truly stand out for me. This whole post is going to be overwhelmingly positive, so please do brace yourselves- it's probably blatantly obvious that this blog is not the place to come if you're looking for scathing reviews. Unless I'm recapping "The Bachelor", of course. All the products below are products I've tried, LOVE, & recommend 100%- please let me know in the comments if you need any help tracking them down!
Listen- this is serious skincare. It is NO joke. If you want to wake up each day with skin like an angel, and you're willing to invest in quality products, you need to consider trying the Environ Ionzyme range. I'd been meaning to try it for ages, and now I'm fairly annoyed at myself for not starting sooner because my skin is LOVING IT. I've told you how obsessed I am with having Vitamin C in my skincare products, & the Ionzyme products above contain high levels of both Vitamin C and A (retinol). YES. Particularly fantastic for dehydrated and/or ageing skin, I use the C-Quence 3 serum after cleansing, followed by the C-Quence Creme as a moisturiser. Love it love it love it. Environ is loved by NZ TV babes such as Kerry-Lee Dewing (Kylie from Shortland St) & Dani Robinson (The Bachelor)- & you only need to glance at their perfect skin to be sold. It's REALLY GOOD YOU GUYS!!!!
Are you just OVER winter? There's still awhile to go until the warmer months now, but the new fragrance, Paradise Bay, from Karl Lagerfeld, may be able to tide you over until then. It smells like SUMMER!!! It's a fruity/floral (my fave) with top notes of lychee, peach & pineapple, middle notes of magnolia, rose & jasmine, & base notes of vanilla, musk & sandalwood. I love the solid bottle, & I love the longevity of this scent- if I apply it in the morning, I can still smell it in the evening- perfect! Paradise Bay is one of those fragrances that make you feel happy whenever you wear it, & one that always attracts attention- pick this one if you love getting compliments from strangers, "Ohhh stop it".
This is a creamy powder foundation compact- and it's incredible! I honestly didn't ever really think that powder foundation could be creamy- but I was wrong. I also didn't think that a powder could offer that much in the way of coverage- wrong again. I was under the impression that a powder foundation would cling to my dry skin and make me look crazy- guess what? Wrong AGAIN! Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Foundation Powder has made a fool out of me, & I'm rapt about it- it's such a goody! I've found that if I moisturise as usual, it gives approximately 8 hours of wear, which is just right. If I'm heading out, I'll use this over the top of another foundation for WHOAH BAM full coverage. I can't recommend it enough, please go & try it!
This product has one of the longest names I've ever heard, but it is absolutely faultless. It even comes with it's own muslin cleansing cloth- PERF'. The Napoleon Perdis Balm Voyage Moisture Complex Cleanser & Makeup Remover is essentially a beauty balm packed full of wonderful ingredients (like shea butter, jojoba oil & grapefruit extracts) that will nourish your skin, keeping it soft, smooth & hydrated. You will have sexy skin, angel face. I usually always do a double cleanse (once to remove makeup, & again to deep cleanse), but this product takes care of it all at once. All the Napoleon Perdis skincare products are outstanding, & this is no exception.
I mentioned some time ago that since starting a new relationship, I'd given up lip gloss because it was just too impractical. But the YSL Pop Water Glossy Stains have provided me with a happy medium- whooop! They are AMAZING. And UNBELIEVABLE. Potentially the best lip gloss I've ever tried- I stand by this 100%. I loveee the luxe gold packaging, I love the little paddle applicator- it's the perfect size to apply product, & I love the glossy (not sticky!!) finish. Most of all, I love how the gloss melts into the lips, leaving a hydrating stain that lasts right through coffee/lunch/wine. The 8 shades in the collection are all gorgeous & wearable; they're translucent but pigmented- which doesn't sound impossible....but check out the swatches below to see what I mean. GAH OBSESSED.
Do you have fine hair, but rather a lot of it? SAME. My hair is quite ridiculous, & it takes a certain type of product to make it behave- it's very easy for my hair to look limp. Nounou Shampoo & Conditioner from Davines is just brilliant for me, & makes my hair shiny, smooth, silky- but best of all, it doesn't weigh my hair down. EVEN though it's hugely conditioning, my hair is happier than it's been in a long time. Davines is all about sustainability- this the reusable tubs. Some people whinge about it, but I actually love it- it means I can use every last bit of product. Just don't drop it on your toe in the shower like I did- it hurt, because there's a LOT of product in there. You know what though? It was WORTH it, & I'd do it again.
I love everything about the Jane Iredale Sugar & Butter Lip Duo- especially the pretty gold packaging! Perfect for winter (and all year, really), one side is a brown sugar lip exfoliator- which is gentle but super effective at removing those dry wee bits of skin- & the other side is a lip plumper. WE ALL LOVE A LIP PLUMPER DON'T WE KJ??? Anyway..the plumper is my favourite of faves, it contains all the good stuff like beeswax & shea butter, as well as an important sounding ingredient called palmitoyl oligopeptide which stimulates collagen production & gives a slight volumising effect. It's so cute, it really is. It's probably in my Top Ten Products of 2015, actually.
If you've been looking for a facial oil to try, please please please do your skin a favour and check out Face Hero from Go-To Skincare. It is a beaut!!! It contains ten different plant oils (including rosehip, macademia, almond & calendula), & the all-important antioxidants Vitamin C and Vitamin E. HUZZAH! Face Hero is suitable for all skin types (yup, even oily skin!), can be used morning and night before or instead of moisturiser, & it absorbs like an absolute dream. It doesn't hurt that it's cruelty free, and that the packaging is adorable, either. I love this skincare range, the creator can do no wrong in my eyes.