August 2017 | Alexis Adrienne

14.8.17

June & July 2017 Empties

Hey, babes!

I’m not the kind of person to amass heaps of empties in a month, so I’ve combined 2 months worth of empties here (and it’s, still like 6 products hahaha).
Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr Honey Essence Oil
I remember there was a LOT of hype around this line when it first launched in 2015. There’s actually a full line including toner, essence stick, cream, AND hydrogel mask. I decided to grab the essence oil because I felt like it would fit into my routine best, and also because I really liked what I saw on the ingredients list! I managed to grab it at 30% off from one of RoseRoseShop’s eBay stores.

collagen extract, glycerin, water, methylgluceth-20, polyglycerin-3, niacinamide, ethanol, honey extract, aureobasidium pullulans ferment, theobroma cacao (cocoa) extract, royal jelly extract, propolis extract, chrysanthellum indicum extract, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, anthemis nobilis flower extract, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, pentylene glycol, PEG-8, butylene glycol, glyceryl polyacrylate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, adenosine, tromethamine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, octyldodecanol, hydrogenated coco-glyceride, sodium starch octenyl succinate, maltodextrin, calcium pantothenate, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tocopheryl acetate, pyridoxine HCI, silica, xanthan gum, carbomer, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, fragrance

I had best results with this when mixed with my evening moisturiser - my skin was plump, hydrated, and bright. It also smelled amazing! The only reason I haven’t repurchased yet is because I’m waiting for another online sale - the line is definitely more on the expensive side and not something I would be able to splash out on regularly. 4.5/5 from me!

I’m From Ginseng Serum
I also finally finished the I’m From Ginseng Serum. You can read my full review here, but basically, I only finished this because it worked pretty well as a pre-mask treatment for super glowy skin. However, that’s not enough for me personally to warrant re-purchasing.

Hada Labo Arbutin Lotion & Hada Labo Arbutin Milk
I also finished my holy grail toner & moisturiser combo, the Hada Labo Arbutin Lotion and matching Milk. I’ve already repurchased the Milk (obviously!) but instead of going for the lighter version of the toner, I purchased the rich/heavier one as I’ve been dealing with so much more flakiness this winter. So far, I do love it and will probably stick with it - it’s definitely more nourishing and hydrating than the light version, I don’t know why I didn’t use it before!
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
If you’ve followed me for a while, then you would know that this is basically my holy grail drugstore setting powder. I go through so many of these a year and I keep coming back to it because it’s basically amazing. However, I hate that it does eventually just break out of the pan when you’ve reached a certain point of use, and basically becomes unusable. I HAVE repurchased this, but I’ve also bought the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder to see if it can knock the Rimmel out of its holy grail status!

Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner
This is my absolute holy grail liquid eyeliner! It’s so long-wearing, waterproof, a true black, and the end stays sharp and doesn’t gunk up with eyeshadow after like a month. I cannot recommend this enough to anyone still looking for their perfect liquid eyeliner. 5/5!

Giorgio Armani Si EDT
I’ve actually had this sitting around as an empty for a while, but couldn’t bring myself to chuck it out until now. This is such a gorgeous scent - I’ll have to pick up another bottle when I go through Duty-Free next! I’m obsessed with it.

What have you finished recently?

Lexie xx

5.8.17

SCRUB IT GOOD: Seed & Soul Step-Up Scrub Review

Hey, babes!

Today, I'll be writing about the Seed & Soul Step-Up Scrub, which was kindly sent to me for review purposes. Seed & Soul are a New Zealand brand with a focus on sustainability and plant-based well-being.
This particular scrub is honestly amazing for skin and the environment - it doesn't contain any harmful microbeads, comes in a glass jar with no excess packaging, and really, really works. Instead of microbeads, it contains small pieces of loofah to gently exfoliate your skin. It also contains a whole slew of incredibly moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and jojoba seed oil to make sure that your skin isn't left dry after exfoliating.
I also LOVE how this smells! It's citrusy and fresh with a kind of sweet vanilla note at the end, so I always look forward to nights when I use this instead of chemically exfoliating. Since I started using Tretinoin, I'm pretty cautious about over exfoliating but I don't feel like I have to worry about that too much with this because of how gentle the loofah particles are and how nourishing this is. After rinsing it off, I can literally feel the additional moisture on my skin from the shea butter and jojoba oil. My skin is also suuuper soft the morning after.
The only drawback of this product IMO is the packaging - I know, I know, I just said before that the jar was a GOOD idea! However, I dislike jar packaging because it is so easy to contaminate the product, especially a product that you are touching with wet hands and keeping in a place that is frequently wet and warm. That said, the scrub does have a 6-month shelf life, and this is definitely easily usable in 6 months. I guess there is always going to be a trade off for products that cost less to the Earth.

Overall, I do really enjoy using this product and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for effective, environmentally-friendly skincare! It gets a 4/5 from me.

What's your favorite green skincare brand?

Lexie xx

rating scale
1 - Terrible: Negative effects on skin.
2 - Mediocre: No change in skin/claims not met.
3 - Average: Performs as expected.
4 - Good: Would repurchase unless I try something better.
5 - Amazing: Meets trifecta of perfect packaging, formula, & cost.

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