Sunday, 16 September 2012

Review: Rose-Hip Vital Australian Certified Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil

Rosehip oil! It's been all the hype lately and I have been very eager to try it. There are heaps of brands out there- Trilogy, Kosmea, Sukin, just to name a few. I've been meaning to buy the Trilogy one but when I was at work, there was a new order, and I found this! 30mL of organic rosehip goodness for RRP $19.99 (and $15 with my 25% discount at the pharmacy!). The Trilogy is only 20mL for the same price (although it's RRP everywhere else is $21.95 instead of $19.99). I was quite excited to give this a go!


 Such lovely packaging! If you read the claims, the product sounds absolutely amazing! Organic, cold pressed, and 100% rosehip oil. Definitely getting a tick in my books! Here is a little description from its website:
Rose-Hip Vital Australian Certified Organic Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
Rose-Hip Vital Rosehip Oil is a 100% pure and natural Certified Organic skincare product, cold pressed from the seeds of the Rosehip (Rosa Canina) that helps to support healthy-looking skin for use on the face and body. Rose-Hip Vital Rosehip Oil is rich in naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
The benefits of Rose-Hip Vital Rosehip Oil
  • Reduces the appearance of stretchmarks & scars 
  • Maintains skin hydration and softness
  • Improves appearance of dry and sensitive skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes skin elasticity & texture
  • Our formula
Rose-Hip Vital Rosehip Oil Contains 100% pure Australian Certified Organic Cold Pressed (Rosa Canina) Rosehip Oil. 

Cute little bottle :)

A nice easy to use dropper
 First thing I noticed was its scent. It isn't strong, but I didn't particularly like it. I've tried the Trilogy rosehip oils (the ordinary one and the one with antioxidants- hehe such pretty packaging!) and it didn't notice any scent so this is probably the only downfall to the Rose-Hip Vital rosehip oil.

One drop of rosehip oil goes a long way! It absorbed right into my skin which is great. Those worried about breaking out from the "oil" need not fear, as it doesn't cause acne or pimples at all, which I attribute to the natural oil. Definitely very happy with the product, apart from the subtle scent which I personally didn't like.

I've been testing and trying all sorts of different things on my dry and parched skin on my face, and I will make a post about it sometime! Stay tuned ;)

Any one interested in rosehip oil? Have you tried any of the other brands, and what did you think?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Review: C+M 24h Super Hydrating UV Brightening Gel Cream

Just a quick review on this gel cream moisturiser I got from my Sasa haul a few weeks ago. I decided to get this product as I wanted to try out a new moisturiser and find something that will be hydrating enough for my poor dry skin. I had a look around on Sasa and found something that was affordable and had many good reviews. So here is the  C+M 24h Super Hydrating UV Brightening Gel Cream, purchased for US$6.80 (full price US$19.10) for 45mL, a product made in Korea. 

A description from the Sasa website (have a click to look at other reviews too):
This new light and non-oily 24hr. gel cream is specially formulated to suit all skin type, especially those tend to dehydrated, dull and tired stressed skin, for soothing, moisturizing and brightening to regain brilliant, healthy and young skin. Special formulated Moisturing & Brilliant Complex (OBC) of herbal extracts and Plants Placenta with its biotechnological actives to provide skin cells oxygen form respiration which stimulates skin vitality, regenerate ATP and activate bio-energetic metabolism of skin for brightening and whitening. Rich in SOD and minerals, its strong anti-oxidant property protects skin from external aggression and pre-mature aging. With exclusive Hydrating Complex, it restores hydro balance of skin and at the same time forms a shield to prevent loss of moisture. With natural essential oil extract, a soothing agent to soften skin for suppleness whilst UV filters provide normal sun protection.
Apply daily in the morning and night on a cleansed face, with light upward and outward circular movements until complete absorption.
Definitely something I need! A gel cream for dehydrated skin, perfect. When I opened up the jar, the first thing I noticed was that it had a gel consistency, nothing like cream- as well as the beads. Why are there beads? Do they moisturise too? Are they there for exfoliation? I was quite excited to try it out as it was unique.

Gel consistency with green beads
When I first applied the gel to my face, it was so soothing and cooling on my skin. Only a small amount is needed- a little bit goes a long way which is great! So what did I think of it in terms of hydration? It was okay, it did hydrate my skin to an extent although my persistent dry skin was obvious just after a couple of hours after application. This isn't to say the product isn't good- I think it is just my skin that is the problem (even the Avene Cicalfate Restorative cream which I reviewed earlier on didn't maintain my skin's moisture levels). The consistency was wonderful and I didn't have a problem with the strange green beads in it (I still don't know why they are there for!) In terms of brightening, it may have had a small affect, although I haven't really been looking out for its brightening effects. The gel is definitely non-greasy, and I can confidently say it would be great for those with normal, combination, oily and dry skin types. For me, it was not "super" hydrating but still a wonderful and enjoyable to use product.

Does this product intrigue you? What do you think the green beads were doing in there, in a gel cream?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Beautyheaven Beautorium & Keratinology by Sunsilk Sun Kissed Colour Therapy Glossy Mask review

What a long post title! As a lot of you know already, beautyheaven had a Beautorium a few weeks ago where we could use our points to claim some products, and just pay for postage (I paid only $4.95). I was so excited about it, I didn't know they had done something like it before. I didn't really have many points, (about 500) as I only go on beautyheaven every now and again- but this was still enough to get a couple of things! Since I went onto the Beautorium a day after it opened, a lot of the popular products (eg. OPI nail polish and Maybelline Baby Lips) were taken and I had really wanted to try the Baby Lips! Oh well. I ended up getting the Keratinology by Sunsilk Sun Kissed Colour Therapy Glossy Mask, Sunsilk Daring Volume Root Lifting Spray and a Simple Soothing Facial Toner. The other items in the photo were complimentary, I was so happy! I'm not sure why the photos turned out grainy but I'm too lazy to re-take them again :P

Opening it was like opening a present, how exciting :D
The goods!

When the new (well not so new anymore) Keratinology by Sunsilk range came out, I was excited to try it but didn't know what product to go for! Lucky for me it was the hair mask was one of the products in the Beautorium! Here is just a little description about the range from the Keratinology website:
Keratinology by Sunsilk is the latest hair care innovation specially designed to prolong the beauty of salon-treated hair. Inspired by the latest salon trends, each product range works in harmony with your specific salon style and treatment. Developed with advanced Keratin Micro TechnologyTM, the luxurious formulas intensively nourish and reconstruct the hair’s surface. So you can keep your salon-treated hair looking beautiful for longer.
And here is a description I got from beautyheaven about the hair mask:
Keratinology by Sunsilk Sun Kissed Colour Therapy Glossy Mask is an intense treatment that penetrates through three layers of hair fibre to smooth and nourish hair, while helping retain colour. The mask has been formulated with Keratin Micro Technology™ to intensely nourish and repair the hair fibre, sealing the cuticles to lock in luminous colour and shine for longer.
So this hair mask retails for AU$13.99 for 200mL which is a decent price. I was expecting quite good results from it as I had read some pretty good reviews on it!

Smelled very nice! Grainy photo :(

Verdict? Amazing hair mask! I didn't leave it on for the full 5 minutes because I was lazy but I could definitely feel the difference. My hair felt super soft afterwards when I blow dried my hair and it looked really healthy! The only thing I'm not too fond of is that it is in a tub where you have to dip your fingers in- but besides that it is a wonderful product. But come to think of it... are there even hair masks that come in a pump bottle? Definitely give this hair mask a go if you are looking around for a good one, as it definitely delivers.

Do you use any hair masks? If so, which ones?