Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review - Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

I was looking for a night cream and after hearing a lot about the brand Antipodes, I decided to pick up the "Avocado and Pear night cream". I have used it for over two months now and am reviewing it today.


What the company says 

SCIENTIFICALLY SHOWN TO STIMULATE SYNTHESIS OF COLLAGEN PRODUCTION IN HUMAN CELLS BY UP TO 92%*

Nature's anti-ageing by night, beautiful skin by day! There's no better way to resurrect your skin than with the superior restorative qualities of 100% pure avocado oil. This facial night cream also features calendula oil from marigold petals, highly regarded throughout history for its healing and repairing properties. Active manuka honey soothes and moistens your skin, while potent antioxidant Vinanza Grape helps neutralise free radical damage.

PURE PLANT FRAGRANCE: Ylang ylang, jasmine & sandalwood


SUITED TO MOST SKIN CONDITIONS INCLUDING ULTRA-DRY



Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream is a really rich, thick cream and in my opinion, best suited for winters. I think it is good for dry skin type and not so much for oily skin. I have normal to dry skin and enjoyed using this cream. Let's look at the good and the bad


The Good
  • Super moisturising  
  • Leaves the skin feeling soft
  • Nice and relaxing spa like smell which I tend to like, though may not be for everyone
  • Little goes a long way 
  • Certified Organic
  • Attractive, glass packaging

The Bad
  • Its a lot of moolah 
  • Feels a bit greasy, but I don't mind it as I use it during night. 
  • Did nothing life changing to my skin.

The price
AUD 56.88

Where to buy
Priceline. Check out other stockists HERE

Overall, I thinks its a good cream for hydration. If you are feeling spendy and looking for a good organic hydrating cream, then this is a good one.   

Have you tried this cream ? Did you like it ? 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday's Meal of the Day - Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffin (Sugarfree)

Its been ages since I have done a 'Monday's Meal of the Day' post. I felt like baking this past weekend and so this happened. This Monday's Meal of the Day features "Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffin".

If you read my previous post about 'Healthy Wholemeal Banana Bread', you will notice that today's post is on the same lines. 





Ingredients

1 1/2  cup self raising wholemeal flour, 2 eggs, 1 punnet blueberries, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), maple syrup/agave/honey (3 tbsp), 1/2 tsp salt, 2  tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 tsp baking powder, some milk, sprinkle of chia/ flax seeds and chopped almonds

How To
  • In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, blueberries, chia/ flax seeds and nuts)
  • In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients (mashed bananas, sweetener, coconut oil and eggs)
  • Mix the wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  
  • Add some milk to make the batter less thick (optional)
  • Spray the muffin tray with oil or line the tray with paper
  • Pour the mixture into the muffin tray.
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C. 
  • Bake for 20 mins or until the top turns brown

    This recipe makes 12 medium sized muffins. These are not that sweet. Sugar/ Sweetener can be added as per taste. I used the Queen flavored sugar free maple syrup.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Empties - Products I have used up !

I haven't done an Empties post in a while. I love doing and reading Empties post. In today's post I share with you a massive set of Products I have used up.



Hair

Organix Brazillian Keratin Therapy Shampoo - I use Organix shampoos pretty regularly and the 'Brazillian Keratin Therapy' is my favorite. I have used a couple of these before and have already repurchased this.

Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo - I bought this from iherb. I don't think it particularly did anything great for my hair. I won't be repurchasing this.

Schwarzkopf Nectra Color* - I enjoyed this color. It added a subtle tinge to my hair, visible in the sunlight. I liked how it made my hair feel. I like that companies are launching hair colors with oils. I will repurchase it some time. On a side note, I also really enjoyed Garnier Olia hair color too. 



Body and Skincare

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - This has been featured in my previous empties as well. One of the necessity products. Definitely repurchase. 

Hugo Boss Femme - It's a beautiful fruity floral perfume . I really enjoyed it. Will probably not repurchase as I want to try some new ones. Review HERE.

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser - I have used a couple of bottles of this before. I really like this face wash, it does a good job of cleansing and waking you up. Will definitely repurchase.

Kiehl's Hand Salve - I didn't like this hand cream. Didn't find it moisturizing enough. Didn't like the smell. Won't repurchase.

Vaseline Spray Moisturiser - If you like slathering thick and creamy body butters, then this may not be for you. I find this very convenient in summer and for morning when you are in a rush. Have already repurchased this. Review HERE

Olay Complete Defence SPF 30+ - This is my AM moisturiser. Have gone through countless of these. I love this moisturiser. Review HERE.



Makeup and Makeup Removers

Bioderma Crealine H20 - I have done a full review of Bioderma Crealine H20 comparing it to my HG makeup remover. I don't enjoy it for removing my makeup but I like it for cleansing. May repurchase when it goes on sale.  Review HERE.

Maybelline Makeup Remover - This is a dual phase makeup remover and does a good job at removing makeup. May repurchase this sometime. 

Australis Eyeshadow Primer - I like it, its not as good as UDPP, but decent for a drugstore product. The one negative is that I feel it gets finished very quickly. 


Maybelline Colossal Kajal - Its a great eyeliner for the price. This is not available in Australia. Review HERE.

Accessorize Mascara /Maybelline Falsies Mascara /Maybelline Rocket Mascara - I enjoyed all the three mascaras, however 'Maybelline Falsies' was my favorite and I have already repurchased it. The other two, I will probably not repurchase. Maybelline Rocket, was good though I was not a big fan of the bendy wand. Accessorize was a pain to remove. 

What did you bin recently ?  

* This product was provided for consideration. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Summer Sprays !

I think I have a thing for products that come in spray form. In today's post I share with you some spray products that I enjoy in the warmer months.




Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser
I love the Vaseline Spray Moisturiser. It is perfect for lazy girls like me or when you are in a rush. I have used up one bottle of this before, the Aloe Vera variant.  These are perfect for summer as they are light, non greasy and absorb quickly. Review HERE

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
I aboslutely adore this toner, this is my third bottle of this. It is a spray toner that has chamomile and rosewater and is incredibly soothing and refreshing on the skin. It has an awesome smell. Review HERE

MAC Fix+
I tend to use MAC Fix+ more in the warmer months. I like the finish it gives over makeup. Your skin looks more skin like with this. I even spray it sometimes when I am not wearing base makeup. It has a divine smell and feels so good on the skin. 

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray SPF 30+
I don't like sticky sunscreens that take ages to absorb into the skin and leave a whitecast. So this Neutrogena spray is my go to body sunscreen in summer. I have used a couple of bottles of this. Review HERE

Do you like spray products ? Do you have any favorites ? Let us know in the comments below.