Get Delicious with Skinolicious, the original oat, honey and corn scrub

Get Delicious with Skinolicious, the original oat, honey and corn scrub

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a great week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Work has really kicked my butt this week, so I’m looking forward to a cruisy weekend and catching up with some friends.

Recently, I was lucky enough to have the lovely crew at Skinolicious send me a package of their face scrub to review.  This will be the first full review of a product I’ve written for the blog, so please bear with me!

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Skinolicious are a new company on the scene and have created an all-natural face scrub with lots of skin-friendly ingredients.  Based in Perth, Western Australia, the scrub contains food-grade ingredients of fresh lemons, oats, honey and coconut oil, with corn acting as the exfoliant – which is a great alternative to nasty microbeads which we all know are awful for the environment!  The scrub is 100% biodegradable, and Skinolicious are firmly against animal testing.

The packaging for the scrub is completely unique and unlike anything I have ever seen before.  Each package contains 14 super cute sachets of scrub, which remind me a bit of a sachet of hot chocolate!  Due to the food-grade ingredients, the scrub is stored in the freezer to keep it fresh.  Because the ingredients don’t freeze solid, you can use it on your face directly from the freezer which is really handy.  I got around three uses from each sachet, so at $24.95 a pack, it is great value!  I used one of these little Ikea clips to re-seal the sachet which worked perfectly.

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The first thing that struck me when I opened the package was the amazing smell!  The scrub has a beautiful fresh lemony scent and really does smell good enough to eat.  Because the scrub is a very wet texture, I did find it a little messy to use on my face, so I would definitely recommend using it in the shower so it doesn’t go everywhere.  Due to the honey in the scrub, it needs to be rinsed with warm water to remove.

The scrub feels lovely and soft on the skin, with the corn granules gently buffing the skin as you rub it in.  I personally like the feeling of a harsher scrub (although this is probably not the best thing for my face!), so simply scrubbing a bit harder worked well for me.

After using Skinolicious I was blown away by how amazing my skin felt – it was the smoothest it has ever been after using an exfoliating scrub!  I have been using the scrub before my night skincare routine and found that my products soak into my skin beautifully after scrubbing.  My skin still feels really fresh and smooth the next morning.  Going forwards, I will definitely incorporate the scrub into my routine, and aim to use it 2 – 3 times a week.

I really love trying out new products, particularly those that are natural and ethical without costing the earth, and Skinolicious have created a fantastic scrub that ticks all the boxes.  I also get a real kick out of supporting small Aussie businesses, and I’ll absolutely be repurchasing once my supply runs out.  I’d have no hesitation in recommending Skinolicious if you are after a new addition to your skincare routine.

You can visit skinolicious.com.au for a load more information and to purchase this great product.  They offer free shipping Australia-wide which is an added bonus!

What are your favourite scrubs and exfoliating products, and are you keen to try out Skinolicious for yourself?  Let me know in the comments!

Love, Sarah xx

 

 

**I was gifted this product by Skinolicious, however all views expressed in my review are 100% my own!

Four months of empties!

Four months of empties!

Hi Lovelies!

It has been quite a while since I have posted due to a very busy few months (which I’ll spare you all the boring details of), and this post in particular is well overdue.  I declared on my Instagram that I would do an empties review once a month and clearly that didn’t happen, but we’re here now, so let’s get right into it.

20170827_170551The Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream ($52.99) is one of the best moisturisers I have used.  It’s really hydrating without being too greasy, absorbs quickly and smells really good!  Antipodes are a New Zealand brand offering organic, cruelty-free products with a big focus on sustainability, so are well worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new skincare items.  They are on the pricey side for a “drugstore” brand so I always wait for the famous Priceline skincare sale to purchase.

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I am sure you are all aware of the magical cleansing properties of the very-specifically named Detergent for Puff and Sponge from Daiso, but if you’re not, invest that $2.80 and find out for yourself.  I burn through these like crazy and always buy extras in case it is discontinued one day (a ghastly thought!)  Bonus shot of my sleeping puppies in the background of this shot.

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Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder ($12.95) is another one of my staples.  It is my favourite everyday setting powder.  Does the job perfectly, cruelty free and really affordable.

20170827_170802This Batiste Hold Me Hairspray came in a Bella Box and I was really excited to try it as Batiste’s dry shampoo is so good.  I was really impressed with this product.  I have quite fine hair and since getting it cut super short, hairspray is a must to keep everything in place.  It holds well without feeling gross and sticky, and is definitely invisible in your hair like it claims – no weird crunchy film on your hair.  It also smells lovely!  I’ll definitely be purchasing this again.

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I started using rosehip oil after hearing about all the good things it did for Crystal Conte.  This was the first one I purchased and it felt like it lasted forever.  I use it as the final step in my before-bed skincare routine and I have noticed a big improvement in my skin since I’ve been using it.  I can’t imagine rosehip oils from other brands being all that different but the Natural Instinct Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil is certified organic and vegan, and they are an Australian company so definitely a good option if you’re keen to try this product.

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I picked up the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant tin on a whim going through the duty free checkout at the airport last May, and I am devastated that I have finally finished it because a quick Google tells me that it’s not actually that easy to find in Australia!  I find a lot of lip balms actually dry my lips out more but this one is the best I have ever used and I’m going to stock up if I ever find it again.  If anyone out there sees it anywhere please do let me know!

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I can’t remember the last time I finished a fragrance!  Anais Anais L’Original by Cacharel is a little cheapie that I picked up from Priceline mostly because I thought the bottle was super cute, but I think the fragrance is beautiful!  My favourite scents are quite old-fashioned and “nanna-ish” and this one fit the bill perfectly.  I know fragrance is a very subjective thing so it’s not really something I can recommend without you trying for yourself, but this is one that I will definitely go back to, and it’s only $25 for a 30ml bottle.

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I’m slowly working my way through the collection of masks that I have accumulated.  The Manuka Honey and Collagen sheet masks are Etude House, Broccoli sheet mask is TonyMoly and Blemish Mud is Montagne Jeunesse.  To be honest, I don’t think any of these masks did too much for my skin, but the sheet masks feel lovely, cool and moisturising so perfect to relax in on a Sunday.  In fact, I think I’m off to do another one now!

Have you tried any of these products?  I would love to hear your thoughts!  As always, let me know if there’s anything you would like me to talk about next, and I’ll see you back here next time.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Love, Sarah xx