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Fresh Black Tea Instant Infusion and Rose Face Mask

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I’m in love with Fresh’s black tea age delay instant infusion. I am not even sure why I bought it, I never even tried it and I wanted something hydrating. This fits the bill.

It smells amazing! The scent of tea is so calming and invigorating at the same time. It’s a think liquid almost gel like but sinks in very quickly. My skin feels so hydrated and happy.

The face mask comes in a gel form that’s meant to aid hydration. I leave it on my cleansed skin for 5 mins and then rinse off. It’s a nice mid week boost and I love the scent of roses.

I think the black tea infusion is worth every penny of the usd42 I paid because I think it’s a good substitute to sk-ii’s facial treatment essence. The mask on the other hand is pricey at usd55. There are probably heaps of other hydrating masks out there that are cheaper.

Fresh is not available in Australia but can be found in Sephora Malaysia stores.

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Diptyque vetyverio – my go to winter scent

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I am experiencing my first Melbourne winter and I can’t help but miss Sydney A LOT.

Nonetheless I am taking measures by layering up. Good ol’ merino wool.

There are certain scents that I preferring wearing in the colder months and lately I am smitten by vetyverio. I find vetiver to be ‘root-y’ most of the time but Diptyque has created a version that is a easier to wear but still the vetiver never takes a backseat. I was worried it would be too masculine but I am glad I took the plunge. I’d previously been given samples of this so I wasn’t sure why I still hesitated.

I have also been burning the candle and it smells so amazing, it actually gives me a feeling of warmth. This is my 2nd vetiver candle and it won’t be my last.

The perfume was purchased from Isetan KLCC in April when I was home for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday. I say this often about the SA at Diptyque Isetan KLCC and this applies to the other SAs who are commissioned to other brands but they are absolutely LOVELY. You never feel pressured and it’s such a relaxed and friendly vibe.

I was really bummed that eau de lavande and geranium rosa weren’t available for me to try so I’m just going to have to wait impatiently. In fact 3 mths have passed and I have yet to try them.

In Australia, Diptyque is available at Mecca cosmetica and in Malaysia / KL – Isetan & ken’s apothecary. The 50ml was RM295 from memory.

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Ren Moroccon Rose Christmas Set and Body Oil review

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Christmas is awesome because you get to buy these exclusive sets that come with extras but cost less :P

I was really taken by the scent of Ren’s cleansing water so I decided I wanted to try their body range! This christmas exclusive comes with a full size scrub, body oil and a travel sized body wash for GBP52. If you do the maths the products itself cost GBP32 (scrub) + GBP34 (body oil) + GBP8.5 (shower gel) so GBP52 is quite a lot of savings if you wanted all 3 products to start with. I only wanted the body oil so I actually was hesitating because it became a situation where I was spending more but for things I didn’t want / need.

20131201-170626.jpgBack to the body oil, as expected it smells of roses and 3 pumps is enough to cover both my legs. The scent sadly does not linger past the 1st hour :( It absorbs in about 10 – 15 mins and is really easy to spread. I would say I prefer this sort of packaging for body oils rather than the pour onto hands or spray that Caudalie uses. The spray mechanism is so annoying because it just gets everywhere. This on the other hand is a lot less messy. As for results, I would say it has helped reduce the dryness on my legs but it’s not a game changer.

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La Prairie Marine Biology Emulsion and Tonic

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I’m not sure how I ended up being interested in La Prairie. I just remembered walking by their counter one day and after striking a conversation with the lovely SA at the counter, I sat down and she patiently took me through the whole range.

I left with a few samples in hand and booked myself a $200 facial that was redeemable on their products.

This is the room located somewhere in David Jones Bourke St, my skin felt really plumped yet refreshed after the 90 minute treatment.

 

 

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I ended up picking the tonic and emulsion from the marine biology range. To be honest, anything else was too expensive and this sounded more suitable for my skin. The emulsion was $170 and the tonic $100.

The tonic is similar to clarins hydraquench serum and while it looks like a toner, it really is more of an essence / serum. I love the shade of blue (how dreamy) but the packaging is a bit shit. It’s so hard to not get it all over the place when you pour this onto your hands.

The emulsion is definitely hydrating enough for winter but it has to be used in conjunction with the tonic. All in all, 2 pretty decent products but I’m not sure if it’s worth the high price.

I was given a sample of their Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex. I don’t know if it’s just me but I put a thick layer around my under eye and that area does look like it shows improvement. I definitely feel like buying that now!

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Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditoner Review

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Body conditioner is the latest fad to hit Australia thanks to Nivea. Their YouTube ads almost put me off watching videos on it, in fact I can probably memorize the ad word for word. Other than that, I think it’s a good idea! My skin was drying out so when I came across this product from Lush, I was intrigued and given the positive reviews I barely thought twice.

From Lush.com.au:

A beautiful, rose jam scented body conditioner that’s full of the most emollient, moisturising ingredients possible to feed and nourish the skin.

It does smell amazing. Think Rose & Berry. MMmmm…

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The product itself is a thick lotion which I lather on to moist skin. It spreads easily and leaves my body smelling great. It will leave your body feeling a little greasy though and I would have rather the oiliness was a bit more subtle than greasy. I initially thought this would finish really quickly but I’ve used this almost everyday for a month and there’s still half left in the tub, I’m impressed!

Cost: $32.95 from your nearest Lush store in Australia.

 

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Kerastase Elixir Ultime Cataplasme Masque Review

Kerastase is a brand I trust and love. It’s the only brand whose shampoo that helped me when my scalp starting to become flaky.

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At one point, my hair was getting kinda long and the ends were starting to feel and look dry. Didn’t help that my GHD was on heavy rotation. I’m not sure why I picked this mask over the other masks (they have heaps) but it just sounded like an all-rounder that would give my hair much needed nutrition!

I was worried that this might be too heavy or oily but not at all. I shampoo -> towel dry -< apply this for 5 mins or so and rinse-off. My hair feels pretty light but moisturized and smells like tuberose which I dislike but it’s bearable!

I’m still keen on exploring their other masks but for now, this does what I needed it too and is a good all rounder. Price wise it was 21.80 GBP from hqhair which I think is pretty decent as that works out to be about RM110?

 

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Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

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I did say I was on a Ren binge so I also purchased this together with the cleansing water. This if I am not wrong is their best-selling mask and also a lot of rave reviews for this.

It reminds me a lot of Origins Never a Dull moment. They both have enzymes and papaya in them with the same gel texture and scent. I purchase this mainly because my skin is pretty awful. I’m breaking out and it’s so ridiculously congested. I still can’t find a good beautician so this sounded like what my skin needed.

I apply this for 10 mins over my face after my shower and then wipe it off with the muslin cloth. It’s an easy product to use and after rinsing the face has no burning sensation neither is it dehydrated. I’m just not sure this does much for my skin but I’m going to keep using and hope it clears my skin up because it was fairly pricey!

This is available at Mecca Cosmetica. I purchased mine from hqhair for GBP30.