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Have You Been Cleansing Your Skin The Wrong Way?
Joanna Fleming

The secret to great skin isn’t always just courtesy of genetic luck. Many of us put a lot of time, effort and hard-earned money into perfecting our skincare routines.

So when you’ve bought that expensive, holy grail serum that everyone’s raving about and it’s not working for your skin – what are you doing wrong?

 

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Are You Cleansing Properly?

In my opinion, cleansing is the cornerstone to a successful skincare regimen. If you’re not doing it right, the rest of your products may not be able to do their jobs properly.

And if you’re one of those people who just splash their faces with water, this article was literally written for you. Now let’s get into the details:

Why Is Double Cleansing So Important?

Nope, it’s not a conspiracy to make you go through your products quicker, double cleansing is actually legit. Throughout the day, pollutants, oil and dirt build up on our skin. If we’re wearing makeup and sunscreen, that’s another layer of debris to add to the equation.

Your first cleanse loosens that built up layer of debris, removing impurities and residual excess product from the skin, allowing your subsequent second cleanse to be more effective.

 

How Does Using A Clarisonic Complement Your Routine?

We recently chatted to Melbourne dermatologist Dr Alice Rudd about her thoughts on Clarisonic cleansing devices.

Originally sceptical of their effectiveness (and a self-confessed chemical exfoliant lover herself), Dr Rudd admitted she’d recently been converted to the capabilities of Clarisonic.

Citing the need to adjust the brush head to cater to your skin type (we mean you, sensitive skins), Dr Rudd agreed the Clarisonic really helps to clear away the build-up of heavy makeup, sunscreen, dirt, oil and pollution for a much-needed deep clean of the skin.

 

What Cleansing Mistakes Are You Making?

1) Choosing the wrong cleanser for your skin: 

If you have dry skin, opt for cream and oil-based cleansers, avoiding any ingredients that may further strip your skin of moisture (i.e alcohols). Those with oily skin will be best suited to gel or foam cleansers with a lower pH. And if you’re sensitive, just avoid fragrance at all costs (and choose a sensitive brush head for your Clarisonic).

2) Impairing your skins natural barrier:

If you overdo it on harsh cleansers and scrubs, you may find that your skins natural protective barrier can become weakened. The result? Sensitivity, irritation and loss of moisture, usually. Go easy on the physical scrubs, and avoid scrubs and chemical exfoliants on the same night. And for crying out loud, do your skin a favour and throw that St Ive’s Apricot Scrub in the bin.

3) Only using a makeup wipe:

I get it, we’re all busy and we’re trying to do the right thing by not wearing makeup to bed. But a wipe not only doesn’t remove all your makeup, but it can also be quite abrasive on sensitive skin types and around the delicate eye area. Feel free to use a wipe before you cleanse properly, or afterwards to get those leftover bits of foundation and mascara.

 

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10-Minute Tan: Does It Really Work?
Joanna Fleming

There have been rumours swirling around our office that Vita Liberata could be one of the best tanning ranges we’ve ever tried – and that’s a big call coming from a group of beauty junkies.

But even with that in mind, when I picked up the Ten Minute Tan, the sceptic in me had some questions. The only way to find out if it actually worked was to use it myself.

 

Well, Does It?

The short answer is yes. Much like Vita Liberata’s 2-3 Week Self Tan Mousse, I had my doubts before I applied this tanning lotion, wondering how on earth it could work in a ridiculously short amount of time.

Using a mitt, I rubbed the lotion evenly into my skin and left it on for 20 minutes (oops I got distracted) before rinsing it off in the shower. As the tan is in ‘developing’ stage, don’t use soap or moisturiser during/after your first shower.

The next morning, I woke up with a subtle, natural-looking glow which I enhanced even further with a layer of Body Blur that night for a deeper bronze tan.

 

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I Need To Know More:

– This fast-acting tan delivers a natural-looking, golden tan within 4-6 hours

– Advanced technology means this tanning lotion also has anti-ageing benefits

– Hydrates the skin & reduces the appearance of fine lines with skin-loving ingredients

Ten Minute Tan lasts on the skin for 4-7 days & can be layered for deeper results

– Goes on bronze and blends in clear so you can avoid missing any patches

– It’s suitable for both the face & body, plus it has no fake tan odour

– Ideal for very fair skin tones, or those wanting a subtle tanning result

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What’s In it?

Vita Liberata’s formulas are renowned for featuring organic ingredients, and the Ten Minute Tan is no exception. An anti-ageing Matrixyl 3000 peptide complex plumps and conditions skin, while improving the appearance of fine lines and stimulating collagen production.

Vitamin C derived from Neroli, and Omega Oils from Rosehip lock in moisture for deeply hydrated, smoother, and more radiant skin. Added goodness like Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E all ensure the skin is nourished and protected.

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The Reviews:

★★★★★ This works! – Beth

“It doesn’t give you the deepest tan but a nice warm glow! I will use this in the winter on my arms and chest to keep my summer tan! Love that you wash it off after ten minutes as I hate self-tanners that you have to leave on for hours being all sticky and gross!”

★★★★★ SIMPLY THE BEST – Mary Kate

“Love that you are able to wash this off after 20-30 minutes. I left it on longer than 10 minutes so that my tan would be darker. It is on the more expensive side but it’s beyond worth it!”

★★★★★ Love this – Dazy

“I tried this today and I’m delighted with the results. Being extremely pale, it’s always a struggle to find a natural looking tan. I’m only looking for a light colour, so one application is perfect and it gave me exactly what I was looking for, with no hint of orange whatsoever. No streaks, which is pretty impossible for me usually and no smell!”

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The Anti-Ageing Body Moisturiser You Might Want To Try This Summer
Joanna Fleming

When we hear the term ‘anti-ageing’, we usually think of skincare products for our face, don’t we? But what about the fine lines, creases and sun damage that start to appear on our bodies?

There’s no need to waste your coveted serum, Sodashi’s Body Brilliance Cream is designed to fight visible signs of ageing while promoting soft, nourished skin.

 

Tell Me More:

Apart from being one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever smelled, this naturally-crafted body moisturiser instantly improves the look and feel of my skin.

– Provides the skin with intense long-lasting hydration & comfort

– The unique whipped formula firms, softens & calms the skin

– Helps to combat free radical damage to prevent signs of ageing

– The formula is ultra-moisturising & nutrient-rich

– Melts into the skin & absorbs quickly leaving the skin silky soft

– Has a thick & rich to provide relief to really dry or mature skin

– Includes aromatic botanical extracts to ease stress & tension

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What’s In It?

Sodashi is renowned for their high-quality, naturally-derived ingredients used to handcraft their range of vegan-friendly, skin-loving products.

The Body Brilliance Cream contains cold-pressed botanical Jojoba & Avocado Oils, paired with natural Shea, Sal & Mango Butter to deliver key vitamins and essential fatty acids to the skin, while antioxidant-rich Madagascan Vanilla works to prevent and reverse skin damage caused by free radicals.

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The Fragrance:

The intoxicating creamy blend of Madagascan Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Jasmine is what had me hooked as soon as I opened the luxurious black jar. The aroma reminds me of a high-end day spa, and I love that it lingers on the skin for hours after application.

The rich, grounding Vanilla Essential Oil sourced in its purest form by Sodashi’s founder, paired with complimentary notes uplifts the senses, instilling a sense of calm and relaxation.

 

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This Exfoliator Deserves More Credit According To Our Editor
Joanna Fleming

After using this exfoliator for a couple of months, it’s quickly climbed my cult product list to become one of my most recommended products. By that, I mean I tell my own friends, family and anyone who’ll listen to buy it.

What Sets It Apart?

Usually, when a product stands out to me, it’s because it has an edge that other products don’t have or it specifically meets my own personal needs. In this case, Murad’s Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser does both.

– Features a powerful combination of chemically exfoliating hydroxy acids

– Uses gentle, physically exfoliating Jojoba beads to compliment the acids

– This exfoliating cleanser works to reveal brighter, smoother, clearer skin

– Polishes the skin to remove dead cells, impurities & clear pores

– Helps to improve the appearance of fine lines & tackles dull complexions

– It’s suitable for all skin types & can be used on the body too

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The Key Ingredients:

Salicylic Acid: This ingredient gently exfoliates the skin by dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together, while infiltrating pores to remove blemish-causing bacteria and skin debris.

Lactic & Glycolic Acid: Both AHAs, these acids offer an exfoliating effect, speeding up cell turnover to improve a variety of skin concerns, while also offering mildly hydrating properties.

Jojoba Esters: Made from nourishing Jojoba oil, these rounded environmentally-friendly beads provide gentle yet effective physical exfoliation.

Sodium PCA: A naturally-occurring component of the skin, this ingredient helps to keep the skin hydrated.

 

The Reviews:

If my personal recommendation isn’t enough to convince you that this product is a must-have, listen to what our customers have to say instead…

★★★★★ Love it  Jasmine

“Recently purchased this product and absolutely love it! I use it twice a week to exfoliate and have been really happy with the result. Your face feels so clean and fresh after. I also feel it helps with clearing the skin too as it has the AHA/BHA in it!”

★★★★★ Very good product Alex

“I have been using this product for several months and just purchased my second tube. I use this as a daily exfoliator. I had begun to notice my skin was looking dull. I tried a couple of other products, but they didn’t really give me the results I was looking for. My skin definitely looks brighter and more radiant since I’ve been using this.”

★★★★★ Love  Claudia

“I keep going back to this product, I was first introduced to it about 3 years ago by a beauty therapist in LA. Despite the price, I find myself continually repurchasing because my skin just doesn’t seem the same when I’m not using it. Really great when the skin is a bit dry and reveals glowy skin, it’s surprisingly non-drying and even seems to make my skin look supple and hydrated.”

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This Is How I Got Rid Of My Blackheads In Under A Week
Elena Anastasiou

I don’t know about you, but blackheads and rough texture are two of my biggest skincare woes. I want to see results with my skincare, but I also want it to be a convenient process.

The multi-tasking Medik8 Blemish Control Pads containing 2% Salicylic Acid are known for their ability to control those pesky, inconvenient breakouts – but can they do more? Can they clear my stubborn blackheads and help smooth my uneven textured skin? Game on Medik8, let’s put your pads to the test.

 

What’s So Good About Medik8 Blemish Control Pads?

They contain a potent ingredient called Salicylic Acid which is a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid). This ingredient is exceptionally good at clearing pores, soothing inflammation and gently exfoliating the skin.

This all-rounder acid works to dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells together, while infiltrating pores to remove blemish-causing bacteria and skin debris.

– These textured pre-soaked pads contain 2% Salicylic Acid

– Excellent at controlling & minimising breakouts

– Anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe & reduce redness

– These pads help to decongest pores & minimise blackheads

– They improve texture & protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier

– These alcohol-free pads can be used on face & body

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My First Impression:

The texture of these generously soaked pads reinforces the fact that they’re gently exfoliating my skin. The formula felt more hydrating than previous peel pads I’ve used, but I still felt that slight tingle that lets me know the active ingredients are doing their job.

I focused on my troublesome area around my nose – the home of the most stubborn blackheads in the world. After using these pads daily, I woke up on day 4 and thought, finally! My stubborn blackheads have finally been evicted – they were rapidly packing up and moving on. The rough texture had started to smooth and my skin was looking healthy.

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How To Use Them:

Now that I have achieved my desired outcome, I will only use the pads to maintain my skin 1-2 times a week. It’s important to note that I have dehydrated skin, so to combat the sometimes drying effect BHAs, I ramped up the hydrating products in my routine and used the Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum with the Cosmedix Humidify Deep Moisture & Firming Hydrator twice a day.

Treating blemishes? If you’re using these pads specifically to treat breakouts, then it’s best to follow Medik8’s recommended usage, which is daily. You can use them as a spot treatment focusing on problem areas, or all over your face.  

Have oily/combination skin? You can afford to use these pads a little more regularly than dry/dehydrated skin types, but be careful not to overdo it.

New to active products? I would recommend slowly introducing your skin to these pads, starting with a couple of times a week, and then increasing the application as required.


Medik8’s Blemish Control Pads are my new secret weapon to combating any nasty blackheads, rough texture or unpredictable breakouts that come my way. Add these to the list of products that really do work!

 

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The Holy Grail Eye Serum That Resembles Unicorn Tears
Joanna Fleming

We’ve been having a debate in our office lately around the best eye creams and treatments for targeting fine lines, fatigue, dehydration and other signs of ageing.

There’s been discussion around needling, injectables and topical serums – and there was one serum in particular that caught our eye (pun intended). Initially, because it doesn’t look like your usual eye serum, and secondly because it wow’d nearly all of us with visible results.

 

What Is It?

Cosmedix Opti-Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum is unique in every way – from its holographic unicorn-like colour to its potent anti-ageing formula, we think this product is worth the hefty price tag.

Opti-Crystal is ideal for eyes plagued by loss of volume & fine lines

– The refreshing texture melts into the delicate skin around the eyes

– Applies as a colourful iridescent balm & blends out to a clear, lightweight serum

– Formulated with a powerful blend of anti-ageing ingredients

– Helps to firm the skin around the delicate eye area & smooth unwanted lines

– The formula works to attract & retain vital moisture in the skin

– Rich in antioxidants, this serum defends skin from environmental damage

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What Are The Key Ingredients?

Packed with powerful antioxidants like Alpha-Lipoic Acid which protects the delicate eye area from harmful free radicals that can cause accelerated ageing and skin damage.

Copper Peptides support and maintain the structure of the skin to prevent sagging, smooth fine lines and lift the eye area, while Coconut Extract strengthens and soothes skin whilst promoting moisture retention and maintaining healthy moisture reserves.

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What You Need To Know:

It’s not every day you drop $150 on an eye serum, so you want to be sure you’re getting what you paid for. One thing I want to stress is: don’t freak out when you open your package. The tube looks tiny. But trust me, a little bit of Opti-Crystal goes a really long way, so if you’re using a pin-sized amount as directed, it should last you a decent amount of time.

To promote lymphatic drainage and de-puffing around the eye area, lightly pat the product in with your ring finger starting at the inner corner of the eye, moving outwards until it appears clear.

 

What’s Everyone’s Verdict?

★★★★★ Best eye serum – Jackie

“This stuff is the best under-eye serum I’ve used! It’s thick so it’s definitely a night time product but it’s awesome! I could tell a subtle difference the next day. It was like it filled in this one fine line I obsess over by the next morning. Now that I’ve used it a couple months I can definitely see a difference!”

★★★★★ Brightens dark circles! – Meg

“This stuff is incredible! I suffer from dark uneven skin tone under my eyes and this serum goes on smooth and doesn’t feel heavy. It blends in well with my skin and brightens my under-eye circles!”

★★★★★ Oustanding – Miranda

“The skin around my eyes has never looked this well-rested before. After spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on countless eye serums, I’ve finally found my holy grail!”

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The One Product I’m Going To Be Carrying In My Handbag This Summer
Joanna Fleming

I have a Lanolips product in my handbag, beside my bed, in my car, on my desk and in my makeup bag. Some may call that overkill, I call it preparedness.

Up until this point, I’ve never met a Lanolips product I didn’t like – and the new Hydrating Lip Luminiser is no exception. In fact, I think it’s my new favourite.

 

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What Is It?

I liken the Lanolips Hydrating Lip Luminiser to their classic Tinted Balms, just with an added hint of glossy shimmer, without the stickiness.

– The Hydrating Lip Luminiser works to instantly boost moisture levels

– Helps to plump & smooth your pout, leaving behind a soft shimmery gloss

– Protects, treats & soothes dry lips with a blend of lanolin & natural oils

– Lanolin closely resembles & mimics your own skin oils for long-lasting nourishment

– Available in two natural pinky nude lip shades: Beach Pop & Desert Glow

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More About The Formula:

Lanolin is a natural, cruelty-free by-product of sheep’s wool. It’s processed into an ultra pure, medical-grade form that holds up to 400% its weight in moisture.

Accompanying lanolin in the Hydrating Lip Luminiser is a blend of nourishing Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil which work together to offer antioxidant protection against environment damage.

 

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What’s Everyone Saying?

★★★★★ Hydrated shiny lips – Fefe

“I bought the Lanolips Hydrating Lip Luminiser in Beach Pop. It has a very soft pinkish subtle colour but has a glittery sheen to it so it makes the lips look super moist and nourished. It glided on smoothly and definitely didn’t leave a sticky feel on my lips. I have very dry lips and this lip gloss left my lips feeling super hydrated all day . Absolutely love this cute lip gloss and definitely recommend to try.”

★★★★★ Lovely lip gloss – HG

“Love this lip balm so much! The formula is amazing – makes my lips feel super soft and hydrated and I love the scent. It looks gorgeous and gives you a nice shine. Would definitely recommend as a gift or for yourself.”

★★★★★ Lanolips but make it shimmer Alexina

“If you like the Lanolips Tinted Balms you’ll like these too. The formulas feel and wear very similarly – non-sticky and hydrating, and the shimmer is a nice extra touch that’s subtle but still noticeable. My favourite thing about this though is the smaller tube tip – when I apply my regular Lanolips tinted balm I find it’s really easy to squeeze out too much, but the smaller tube tip on the Luminiser means I don’t have to be as careful!”

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