Beauty product hits & misses

July 10, 2015

A post about beauty stuff! And what I thought about said stuff!

True, I’m no beauty blogger. I gots no credentials. I’m not subscribed to any boxes (although am sorely tempted! cosmetics & toiletries samples delivered right to the door each month sounds great! except I think I’m better off having a browse through Priceline on the occasional, picking up whatever I happen to fancy at the time. So adult.)

But I do love to read this sort of stuff though. Product reviews by random people on the internet, you know.

So without ado. Ahem, further ado. Here are some things I picked up recently in that haven of cosmetica, Priceline:

1. Invite Vitamin E Cream

I actually got this at Chemist Warehouse but I’m sure you won’t hold that against me. This stuff may get binned. Or, more likely, shoved to the back of the cupboard where it will languish for six months getting super dusty – and then get binned. I tried it on my face. Maybe it’s not for faces? It made MY face very angry indeed. And not in the just-need-to-stop-frowning way, but in the holy-crap-dermatitis-going-mental way. I thought vit e was supposed to be good for your skin??

2. Palmers body lotion for old people Anti-Aging Smoothing Lotion

Picked up on recommendation from my favourite beauty guru, Sali. It smells revolting, she said! Whatever, I thought, cranking the lid open and squeezing it into my hand. People don’t like the smell of normal Palmers & I love it, I’m sure it’ll be HOLY WHAT IN THE HELLNUGGET IS THAT STENCH. Yes. This stuff smells, yo. A strong aroma reminiscent of an old bookshop run by hippies, incense in a dry attic, and a hint of pee-soaked alleyway. I might be a bit weird: I don’t exactly dislike it… It’s peculiar but not annoying. I wouldn’t call it my parfum of choice though. Strictly a nighttime moisturiser as Sali says. Smooth skin, here I come!

3. Rosehip Night Creme by essano

I know this is “just a supermarket brand” (at least that’s how I think of things, hashtag snob) but I really like their stuff. This has a light slightly floral scent, not overpowering at all… which does mean it can’t mask the smell of the aforementioned old persons lotion. It feels lovely and thick and non-sticky. And it doesn’t make my face angry. I actually already have some of this, a little travel-sized pottle which I got in a pack for a trip to NZ (I love having brand new travel-sized toiletries when I go on holiday) so I already knew this was awesome.

4. Real Techniques powder brush

Cause my old powder brush is looking scuh-uhn-GEE (er, that’ll be ‘scungy’ in a particularly drawled out manner with as much Aussie/NZ twang as you can muster). Also because Sali said so.

5. Derma Sukin Daily Gentle Wash

I felt like a break from ye olde Cetaphil. This has none of those nasty things like parabens & sulfates (which in fact, Cetaphil does have). It has a totally non-offensive smell, is a bit watery (prone to running through your fingers before you can get it on your face), and feels really cleansing in a slightly squeaky-way. It also has not irritated my angry face. I use it with my Clarisonic. I like the packaging – it’s much nicer than the other Sukin stuff. I’ll probably repurchase this.

6. Tresemme Instant Refresh dry shampoo

Ohmygawd this smells like FLYSPRAY. My hair smells like I tried to kill flies with chemicals in it. I knew I should’ve stuck with the tried & true Klorane. Does anyone want a 99% full can of dry shampoo….?


  • Reply tara July 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    mmmmm flyspray. what you want is the Batiste dry shampoo in tropical, like pina colada for your hair, swear by it (and I’m super lazy when it comes to hair washing frequency so trust me!)

    • Reply kate July 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      OK… I’ll try it! I must admit to being dubious though because I think Tresemme was going for the tropical angle!

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