Saturday, December 29, 2012

Planet Eve Certified Organics Tropical Fruit Enzyme Facial Exfoliator - review

Bad blogger, Michaela! I've been using and loving this treatment for the better half of the year, yet neglected to mention it to you guys. Naughty, I know, but sometimes you like something so much, it just works its way into your beauty routine and you forget that it was once a shiny new toy to gum-flap about. 

Whatever, at least you know I've given this one a good long trial so enough excusing, more reviewing!


I was introduced to skincare brand Planet Eve Certified Organics at the one of the billion Spa/Beauty/Hair/Lifestyle Expos held in Sydney this year when I ran into the Planet Eve booth, manned by founder Lorelle Yee. She demoed some of their best-sellers on my hand (hands: 1, face: 0), including the recent Glosscar winner Super 5 Eye Firming Gel, and the rose-scented Luxe Body Creme.

What really impressed me while I spoke to Lorelle, was her obvious passion for organic, cruelty-free skincare. She had an answer for every question I had (even the herp derp ones), and could explain product specs like she wrote them (which, um, she most likely did). Love, love, love a brand owner in touch with their products.


I left the Planet Eve booth with a few samples, including this Tropical Fruit Enzyme Facial Exfoliator. 

The Tropical Fruit Enzyme Facial Exfoliator works by harnessing the basic function of enzymes - to accelerate chemical reactions occurring naturally in a cell. In this case, the fruit enzymes found in pineapple and papaya initiate a faster cell turnover, clearing away older skin cells. This lets brand spanking new cells emerge, creating a fresh new surface from natural exfoliation.Unlike a chemical treatment, the natural enzymes are much more gentle on skin and don't leave me red and sensitive afterwards. From previous experiences, I'm finding that I prefer naturally-derived exfoliators over their physical brethren. Rather than scrub off dead skin and risk drying out my skin, I rather let my friendly neighbourhood enzymes, derived from pineapple and papaya to do all the heavy lifting for me. 


The Tropical Fruit Enzyme Facial Exfoliator works by harnessing the basic function of an enzyme - to accelerate chemical reactions occurring naturally in a cell. In this case, the fruit enzymes found in pineapple and papaya initiate a faster cell turnover, clearing away older skin cells. This lets brand spanking new cells emerge, creating a fresh new surface from natural exfoliation.

It's important to juuuuust smooth the thin gel over your face, and not rub in. It needs to sit on the surface to do its magic. There's a very slight tingly sensation upon application, and I leave it on around five - ten minutes before rinsing off and toning, et al.

I don't see or feel an instant result, but the day after use, my cheeks which can get very dry feel a lot smoother to the touch and my make-up blends in better, 'catching' on the skin less. The packaging advises to use twice a week, but I stick to about once a week, as my skin gets overstimulated very easily. I've seen consistent results from this, and have only returned to physical scrubs when I need to scrub up right then and now for a fake tan.

Planet Eve Certified Organics Tropical Fruit Enzyme Facial Exfoliator retails for A$39 from their website. The entire range is vegan, with no animal products or testing and products contain no mineral oils, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, silicones, sulphates, synthetic dyes or fragrances, artificial preservatives or GMO ingredients.




Disclaimer: This product was gifted to me by Planet Eve. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that pineapple > papaya. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.

Friday, December 21, 2012

TREAT YO SELF! A Christmas gift guide.

Because the greatest gift of all is the one you buy for someone else and then just end up keeping yourself, right? Right!


Here's some things you should buy with the full intention of wrapping them up and giving away, but that you then accidentally forget to wrap, and maybe it rolls under the bed or something, oh hey look it's mid-Jan now, no-one is expecting a present now, I'll just keep this one. It's okay, we all do it. At least, that's what I tell myself to justify it.


Endota Spa Fresh Faced Pack (A$60)*
I was given the watering can pack by Endota (which I can't seem to find on their website any longer), but I have decided I want this one too too, mainly because of that fig n sugar cleanser is the best smelling thing ever, and it's the most perfect travel size for a few weeks away. Plus, it's not even like you're really buying anything, seeing it's from a salon and not a store. Just slip it onto the counter in a post-massage bliss-out and I swear your credit card won't feel a thing.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

How Much Is My Face Worth?

I can't believe I've been blogging for a year and haven't gotten myself some tagged post action! My lovely friend The Moroccan Shopaholic has summoned me for the How Much Is My Face Worth? tag that's been going around, and how could I say no to this face?


You just can't. That's science.

So let's assume the brace position and look at exactly what I slap on my face on an average workday.



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Guerlain Meteorites Perles du Dragon Liu Holiday 2012 - review

Sorry for the total lack of posts recently, I've been busy watching this over and over working. At work. Busy work things. Oh, yes, and snuggling with my new favourite product! I'm not even going to try and be balanced here. I'm going to be all fangirling and lovey dovey about my lovely shiny toy - Guerlain Meteorites!

I'm pretty sure absolutely every other beauty blogger ever already uses this religiously, and for good reason too - they're so damn luxurious!

There's a few permanent shades of Meteorites, however I picked up the limited edition Perles du Dragon from their Holiday 2012 'Liu' collection.
ISN'T SHE BEAUTIFUL!
HI THERE, HOT STUFF!

Oh, and the boring packaging

The collection is named after Liu, Guerlain's 1929 perfume, which in turn was inspired by Liu, the heroine of Pucci's Turandot, his famous opera about illicit love and the death that follows.
This LE finishing powder was named for the Year of The Dragon, and comes in this gorgeous glossy case


There's six shades of the pearls, white, gold, plum, rosewood, beige and pale pink, which work together to create a balanced, slightly shimmery finish. There's just about zero colour pay off, but that's okay, I'm all about the pretty glow it gives, and the drama of swirling in my large powder brush and applying.

They also smell gorgeous! Like that one lady you know who's always really put together, like she never gets stocking runs or cracks a tooth eating toffee, and has perfected getting out a car in heels without doing that awkward leg splay thing. Actually, this is what Kate Middleton must smell like. All violets, heliotrope and powder. That bitch.



I also maaaaaybe got the Perfumed Shimmer Powder, but if The Boyfriend asks, then I've always had it, it was just in the cupboard. Or under the bed. I can't believe he's never seen it before, I've had this old thing like, forever.

They are priced out of my normal budget for finishing products, but I was fortunate/fast enough to pick these up el cheap at a work sale. Otherwise prepare to hand over A$115 for the Perles du Dragon and A$133 for the Powder. Ouch! Or coughUS$58cough.

This also seems like a pretty convienent time to point out that I've been writing for Cosmopolitan Australia's Cosmo Collective, and this week's post covers my favourite illuminators for summer, including my Perles. Head over here to check that out (plus a very typically Michaela headline).