September 2017 | Alexis Adrienne

17.9.17

ALL NATURAL, BABE: HZP+Co All Day Hydra-Defense Serum Review

Hey, babes!

Today, I’ve got a gorgeous product from up & coming New Zealand brand, HZP+Co. I was generously sent the All Day Hydra-Defense Serum, along with the Calm Me Down Splashwater and Lanolin Hand+Nail Cream (those two will get their review a bit later!).

The All Day Hydra Defense Serum contains patented hydrating ingredients, along with pure NZ spring water and natural extracts. The full ingredients list is actually really short, which I appreciate - read it here:

New Zealand Spring Water, Aquaxyl™, Lecigel™, CityStem™, Horopito Leaf Extract, Kiwifruit Extract, Mamaku Leaf Extract, Kowhai Extract, Natural Parfum (Grasse, France).

I had a wee google of the three patented ingredients, and they’re all basically supercharged hydrators that work to strengthen the skin barrier to keep skin gorgeous and glowy - yes, please!

One of the things that I absolutely adore about this serum is the packaging! The smooth, matte black glass bottle comes inside a fitted sleeve, just adding to the luxury of the experience. The serum comes with a super slick pump (which I love, much less fiddly than droppers!) I did find sometimes the pump would squirt out the serum with a high velocity and kind of splash it everywhere, which I hated because I felt like I was wasting gold!
The serum itself wasn’t runny at all, it had a gel texture which absorbed very easily when patted into the skin. The plant smell wasn’t too strong, but definitely there. It was really familiar as if I had smelled it in another product before?

I find my skin is generally drier at night, so I actually tried to use this in my evening routine. Sadly, I found that it stung my skin after using Tretinoin (not sure why though!) so I stuck to using it in the morning. If I was short on time, I found that mixing in a pump with my morning moisturiser still gave my skin that hydrated glow.

I know I said like three paragraphs before this that I love the luxe, black packaging, but it also comes with a downside: not being able to see how much serum you have left! This is kind of a pet peeve for me, as it’s also hard to tell by the weight due to the glass bottle. I’m the kind of person that has to be able to know how much I’ve got left so I don’t go a day without an essential step in my routine. (Now that I’ve written that out, I feel like I sound crazy but I NEED to know!)

Another thing worth bringing up is the price - $65 is fairly pricey compared to some other hydrating serums on the market. For me, price doesn’t always equal better when it comes to skincare - the mark of a great product for me is actually being able to meet claims and be wallet friendly. This does meet claims, but is it the most wallet-friendly? Not exactly. However, if you have the budget for this you won’t be disappointed. I rate this 4/5.

Have you tried any natural skincare lately?

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.

where to buy HZP+Co.
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4.9.17

BIG PAPA-YA: Benton Papaya-D Sun Cream Review

Hey, babes!

Benton kindly sent me one of their new sunscreens to review, the Papaya Daily Suncream. I was pretty excited for this new release as I’m a big fan of their Snail Bee High Content Essence and also the sheet mask in the same line.

It’s SPF 38, which sounds low and a bit random, but bear in mind that SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s UV rays, so this is certainly enough protection. It’s also a combination suncream, meaning it contains both physical and chemical sunscreens. However, this does mean a white cast can be present due to the titanium.

I definitely agree with how this product is named a suncream - it’s definitely creamy! I actually found it really similar to a Western sunscreen. It wasn’t as lightweight as I expected at all, and actually felt heavy in comparison to my usual sunscreen (Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence). It definitely had a bit of a white cast that needed some extra rubbing in to make disappear.

I found it wore well under makeup, but was just too dewy and heavy for my already oily skin. It didn’t break down my makeup, but it wasn’t keeping me as matte as I would have liked.

Sadly, this was a bit of a letdown for me. I think it’s better suited to people with normal to dry skin. This gets a 2.5/5 from me!

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.

where to buy Benton
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