My favourite natural mascara, micellar water from a great Australian brand and an essence to keep you Calm & Clear this Christmas and beyond.
This month I also talk about all the super hydrating face oils I am testing as well as the latest trend in beauty tools – a Gua Sha. Read on to learn what it is and how you use it!
AKIN Hydrating Micellar Water $17.95
I have been using the AKIN Micellar Water for a long time. When I haven’t been wearing a lot of make-up (or sometimes when I am just being lazy about cleansing) I use this at night as a gentle cleanser. It is made with cucumber, organic coconut water, green tea and lavender to cool, soothe and refresh skin and it does a good job removing makeup. I like the smell and it’s so easy!!
AKIN is one of the first natural brands I remember growing up, my dad and step-mother having their shampoo and conditioners in the shower when I visited. Their story began in Australia in 1987, co-founded by a botanical chemist Will Evans, saw a gap in the market for pure,
high quality and effective natural beauty products. They launched Al’chemy haircare in 1994 and rebranded as A’kin in 2002 utilising the same pioneering technologies and leading the way in natural skincare here in Australia.
The also have a pH Balanced, soap free, fragrance free cleansing water for sensitive skin.
Buy online from their website or from Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, and David Jones. Some products can be found at Woolworths.
RAWW Flutter Lash Lengthening Mascara $24.99
Yes another RAWW Cosmetics product! I just really like this Australian brand and its natural beauty and make-up offerings. I had not yet discovered a natural mascara that I found lived up to the big brand mascaras I used to use. My disappearing eyelashes really need a boost these days – both lengthening and thickening!
This Flutter Lash mascara is now top of my list containing superfood ingredients including Argan, Moringa, Chia Seed and Coconut Oils. I really like the little head on the top of the wand. It makes it easy to use carefully build up colour on the individual hard-to-get lashes and I find it doesn’t clump.
Australian Bush Flower Calm & Clear Essence $19.95
Have you seen Australian Bush Flower essences in your local health food shop or Chemist? Wondered what they are and how to use them?
I have relied on Calm and Clear for a couple of years now. As we lead into Christmas it might be a nice support for you too. In fact, these drops we all would benefit from after the year we have had! I use them when I can feel the tightness in my chest, am overwhelmed or I am dealing with something that I know will increase my stress levels.
The Australian Bush Flower company create herbal essences and natural skincare products harnessing the healing power of Australian bush flowers. Calm and Clear is my favourite but they are many more for different ailments. Others we have used include ones formulated for women, adolescence and memory.
This little Calm and Clear droplet bottle contains Black-eyed Susan, Boronia, Bottlebrush, Bush Fuchsia, Crowea, Jacaranda, Little Flannel Flower and Paw Paw – and a drop of brandy as a preservative! This formula can also be bought as an oral spray, face mist or cream.
Purchase from the Australian Bush Flower Essence website or find at select health stores and chemists.
Face Oils for Hydration
Thought I would share few new finds (pictured above) which I am finding hard to try all at once! Hydration oils have become very popular and there are so many options out there.
When I first started using rosehip oil and fell in love with it (about 8 years ago) there were a few other brands on the market and some other oils like Jojoba but these skincare products have since exploded. Some of these I have purchased myself to try and a few I received in my “You Glow Girl” Goodness Me Nourished Life Beauty box!
Essano Certified Organic Rosehip Oil enriched with Acai Berry Antioxidant $34 – Rosehip oil is a favourite of mine. This one has the added Acai Berry, Rosehip oil nourishes skin with essential nutrients and antioxidants. Clinical studies have proven it to be effective in minimising the appearance of fine lines, scars, stretch marks and sun damage.
Sukin Hydration Elixir $27.95 – this contains a smorgasbord of beneficial oils including Acai, Argan, Crambe, Jojoba, Macadamia, Paracress, Rose, Rosehip and Ylang Ylang, it offers immediate hydration and nourishment to help revitalise the complexion. I really like the smell but haven’t yet tried it consistently on my skin but it has won awards claiming to reduce surface wrinkles by up to 50%!
Life Basics Pure Cacay Oil $29.95 – this oil claims to have three times more Vitamin A than Rosehip Oil and up to 50% more Vitamin E than Argan Oil. I like the lightness of this plant-based oil ( made fromthe nuts of Cacay trees). It’s a conditioning oil to smooth, firm, hydrate and brighten skin. Another one I need to try consustently!
The Ordinary Squalane $13.90 – this is a light oil like Cacay looking like water. I have been using a bit and my mature skin soaks it in. I talked about Squalane in my October Finds. It offers incredible hydration, can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles plus it’s been proven to fight free-radical damage as an antioxidant. Bonus is it’s very reasonably priced and can be found at Priceline.
Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum $79 – this isn’t pictured but I am including as I received a small sample sachet and when I tried recently I loved the smell and it soaked in beautifully on my face – then I saw the price! Not sure I can justify buying it all the time since there are so many other amazing cheaper oils available but it certainly felt expensive when I used it and it does contain 11 pure oils to help provide deep hydration and keep the skin subtle and plump. It is a concentrated formula, so they say a little goes a long way!
Also included in my beauty box was this beauty tool. The name gua sha — pronounced gwahshah — comes from the Chinese word for scraping. They have lots of talk about them recently along with Jade Rollers so I was excited that this was included in the box. It’s the perfect tool to apply oils and serums to your face!
Nourished Life explains: “Designed to gently and naturally enhance your skincare routine while providing a relaxing face massage. Used for centuries in Chinese medicine, this facial tool helps encourage energy flow and blood circulation, and with regular use can help contour and sculpt the face, as well as enhance the penetration and effectiveness to your serums and oils.”
I have not used it regularly yet. It certainly makes you more mindful of your skincare routine as you slowly slide this tool around your face after an oil or serum application. I am not using it enough to say I see results but the idea that it helps the oil penetrate the skin and the massaging can help fine lines and wrinkles is enough for me to start making it a habit!
$24.95 from Nourished Life or find similar tools online.
BTW…the “You Glow Girl” Goodness Me Nourished Life Beauty box is a great way to try new low-tox beauty products. Great value for what you get and great brands. Buy for yourself or perfect Christmas gift already wrapped in a cute colourful box !