Beauty Review: Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo

Fact: Dry shampoo is life.  I’m a fan.  Dove asked for my thoughts on their Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo and here they are internet, just for you! Thanks for making this post possible Dove.


There are very few beauty/haircare/skincare products that I religiously use every, single day because, at this point in my life, every day is very different.  We are still deep in the thick of under 5 parenting, how much sleep I’m going to get on any given night is a lottery and what time Nix (ergo, I) will wake is anyone’s guess.  Even on the days when I’ve planned ahead, worked backward and calculated what time I’ll need to leave the house, picked my outfit in advance, pre-empted the 2nd breakfast Nixon will request…….there’s still going to be a mad rush for the door.

Which means something has to give.

I’m not one of those multi-talented mavens that are able to drive and apply makeup simultaneously.  Heck, I can barely apply makeup while standing in my bathroom!  I simply can’t hide my sleep deprivation on the run, this kind of magic requires my full attention – or at the very least what’s left over after Nixon rightly clamours for most of it lol.

So what slips through the morning cracks on 9/10 days and settles under the cosy confines of a hat is my hair.  

I tell myself my hair’s thriving under the two-child regime which sees it mostly ignored, never washed more than 3 times per week  – if that – and rarely suffering through the indignity of a hot styling tool.  My hair and I have settled into a friendly routine and rotation of hairstyles as we move through the week, getting further away from the last shampoo and limping ever so slowly towards the next.  Which I can hopefully stretch out for ‘just one more day‘.

One of the true marvels of the modern world –  Dove’s Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo, gives me that extra day between washes, as well as all the lols from dry shampoo memes!  I’m such a fan that I actually use it in two different ways, on both clean hair (I know!) and, not so clean hair.

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Two ways to use Dove’s Refresh + Care Dry ShampooNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Dove Dry Shampoo Review

  • The spray and walk away: Obviously the reason for which it was designed, Dove’s Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo is a greasy-gals saviour.  As indispensable to my morning routine as coffee, my dry shampoo helps me avoid the wet-hair kindy drop-off – the tell-tale sign that something went awry in your house that morning!  It’s such a quick pick-me-up as well; I just spray any questionable areas with Refresh + Care (usually around my hairline and centre part), massage into the roots and I’m done.  Excess oil is absorbed and my hair smells super fresh.
  • Clean hair Va-Va-Voom!  Styling my hair when it’s clean, or in fact, just doing anything as simple as pulling it back into a ponytail is a slippery, frizzy, fly-away nightmare.  It’s also very, very flat.  Creating texture is Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo’s superpower.  I swear once you volumise (not sure if that’s a word lol) your clean hair with dry shampoo, you’ll be a changed woman.  Ok, that might be a stretch, but your you hair will look amazing!  I use it exactly the same way as I do when I’m refreshing unwashed hair except I focus a bit more on the length as well as the roots.  This helps with body and grip if I’m trying something fancy lol.

I legit LOVE life hacks that make one of the busiest times in my day a little bit easier and leave me feeling great – bonus points for being able to grab Dove’s Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo at the supermarket too

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Beauty Review – Arbonne Rescue & Renew

Although over 30 years old, US-based Swiss heritage skincare giant Arbonne has only recently become available here in New Zealand.  They got in touch recently and asked if I’d like to review one of their ranges, so,  not one to do things by halves, I willingly went all-in with my first Arbonne New Zealand skincare experience and have been using the Rescue & Renew range exclusively for the past 2 weeks – something I never do.  I’m a bit of a chop ‘n change, mix-it-up girl when it comes to skincare and beauty products so committing to one brand and just one range was quite a novelty!

It totally had its benefits though, particularly with the Rescue & Renew products which have all been formulated with a really holistic ethos in mind. 

Why Rescue & Renew?

Arbonne’s Rescue & Renew range is based on Ayurvedic practices where the focus is traditionally whole body health and wellness, with the goal of achieving a balance between one’s mind, body, and soul. The emphasis and importance of natural ingredients and heroes are evident throughout the Arbonne catalogue but particularly in this range.  Turmeric root, dandelion and ginger root are the botanical mainstays in each Rescue & Renew Detox product, designed to cleanse the skin’s surface of impurities while also protecting our natural moisture barrier. 

This is a skincare range in which the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.  I was trying to put my finger on why this was and came up with three elements that prescribed my experience with the Rescue & Renew Detox products; routine, ritual and therapy, all of which play huge roles in my overall wellbeing.

My Routine

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New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Arbonne Rescu & Renew ReviewI’m definitely a creature of habit.  My routine (where I can find it) is familiar, comforting and welcome as I find working for myself, I don’t generally have any two days the same.  Slotting new, beneficial products in as replacements for existing ‘blah’ products is an easy way to make a positive change in my existing skincare routine.  Using Rescue & Renew Detox Body Lotion and Body Wash daily are perfect examples of how I’ve done this.  Like most women (I imagine), I use a body wash in the shower followed by body lotion each day and have done for years.  The major difference with the Arbonne products is the inclusion of the essential oils – the grapefruit and orange in the Rescue & Renew Body Wash is amazing.  I can have had the worst nights sleep and step out of the shower feeling fully energised and l00% better, I absolutely LOVE this stuff.  Layered with the Detox Lotion which contains orange, lavender, anise and bergamot oil and I’m literally invincible (at least whilst Nix is at kindy lol).  

On a purely functional note, I also love the caps on this range; no flip tops or screw off lids, you simply twist to open and close.  Genius.

Ritual

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Arbonne Rescu & Renew ReviewOnce a week, 99% of the time in the weekend when Dave can be fully ‘on-duty’ for the kids, I generally opt out of whatever family activity is going and simply embrace my inner home-body.  I love being at home, I really, really do.  Taking time to appreciate not having to rush anywhere is such a treat for me that I find it super important to intentionally enjoy the experience – guilt free.  I light a beautiful candle in an effort to banish the smell of sneakers and Lynx that usually permeates every corner of our boy-filled house, and I cleanse my face and follow up with a face mask.  Clay masks are my favourite and always have been.  Arbonne’s Rescue & Renew Detox Mask uses French pink clay that draws out excess oil (very visibly!) as the mask moves from wet to dry.  The first time I used it, I was super tired after the initial, mega-busy first weekend in December and I was legitimately thrilled with the results.  My skin looked and felt hydrated, rested and renewed.

I also love to take a bit more time with after-shower care during the weekend, so the addition of a hydrating oil under my body lotion is a luxe touch that pays dividends when I think about how my skin looks and feels.  The Rescue & Renew Detox oil contains the same essential oils as the lotion so the natural fragrance layers well, plus the key ingredients; Vitamin E, grape seed, sesame and argan oils do such a fab job of providing skin support by firming, moisturising and conditioning.

I LOVE my weekend ritual!

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Therapy

Ok here’s where I’m going to introduce my two FAVE Rescue & Renew products.  New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Arbonne Rescue & Renew ReviewThe whole range definitely has therapeutic benefits, but the essential oils and the straight-up magical Gelée are next level in my opinion.

I’ve been really, really slow to jump onboard with what I considered the essential oil ‘bandwagon’, but the Arbonne oils have changed my mind.  Peppermint and Lemon, how did I even get through the day without you guys?!  Peppermint is my ‘working’ oil.  I’ve been diffusing it whilst writing or tapping a couple of drops onto my temples to help gain/maintain focus.  It’s the most incredible pick-me-up ever, and totally natural for the win.

My friend Lemon.  Such a perfect addition to the Rescue & Renew family; Pure Essential Lemon Oil just makes everything smell clean and fresh plus actually MAKES things clean and fresh!  One of the many ways I’ve been using it is adding around 5 drops to a microwave safe bowl of boiling water, popping it in the microwave for 3 minutes, letting it stand for 2 minutes before wiping clean with a paper towel.  TRY THIS GUYS.  No elbow grease required it’s amazing.

The Rescue & Renew Detox Gelée is such an interesting product, something that’s so awesome you’ll wonder why you’ve never found anything like it before.  I describe it as a mashup between a cooling gel and your fave body lotion.  Heaven on a hot day when typical lotion gets sweaty and slick, Detox Gelée is exactly what you want to apply after a workout or sun exposure, perfect summer skincare. 

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Shop the entire Arbonne range of health, wellness, skincare and beauty products online here, or via an Arbonne consultant.

New Beauty – The Herb Farm Facial Serums + Skincare Minis

The Herb Farm NEW Enhanced Formula Facial Serums

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Herb Farm Serum ReviewIf you love beautifully natural, New Zealand made skin care, you absolutely MUST visit The Herb Farm’s website if you’re not already familiar with their skincare and healing and therapeutic ranges.  All products are produced on the farm, a family business that believes that ‘living a natural life shouldn’t cost a fortune or the earth’.

It’s easy for individuals and companies alike to rest on their laurels when they’ve got a good thing New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Herb Farm Serum Reviewgoing.  In contrast, The Herb Farm’s founder and herbalist Lynn Kirkland seems committed to pushing forward with new product development and improving existing formulas, which has resulted in the relaunch of their two serums.  

Radiance Boost Facial Serum RRP $39.90 which targets; uneven skin tone, pigmented skin, redness, dull, tired and stressed skin, has been enhanced with Elderberry Extract resulting in a more easily absorbed formula

Renewal Advance Facial Serum RRP $46.90 gets to work on ageing concerns; fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, environmental stressors and free radicals.  The new formulation includes Gotu Kola Extract, further targeting the visible signs of ageing.

I use a serum every day under my moisturiser, I absolutely love them.  The two little beauties from The Herb Farm will become firm faves in my routine.  They are lightweight, silky smooth, absorb quickly and leave my skin feeling and looking fabulous.  Really impressed with the 2 year BB date also as a little goes a long way with serum.

The Herb Farm Skincare Minis

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Herb Farm minis ReviewI love skincare minis for two reasons;  they are the perfect way to fine-tune your skincare routine, discover what works for you and experiment with a new brand or product before spending a lot of money on a full-size product.  Secondly, I love them for travelling.  I have way too much kid gear to lug around to be adding weight to my toiletry bag with large bottles and glass jars.

Just in time for Christmas gifting and summer roadies, The Herb Farm has released four Skincare Mini packs across each of their skin concern ranges; Signs of Aging Skincare Minis, Oily and Combination, Dry, and Normal/Sensitive.

Each system contains a cleanser, exfoliating powder, toner and face cream and is perfectly sized to slip into your hand-luggage.  We are heading to Japan in the New Year so I’m super happy to have a complete skincare system – in mini! – to take with me.

RRP $ 34.90 – $39.90 

 

Beauty Spotlight: Skincare

Need-to-know news / Beauty Reviews from New Zealand’s most loved Health & Beauty Brands


 

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser 150ml, RRP $38

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser ReviewHere it is – my FAVOURITE stand-alone cleanser of all time, and I’ve sampled many.

Prior to this I had only ever used one Kiehl’s product before, Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm.  Fab product, but not something I use every day, I always take it snowboarding though as it’s a perfect barrier moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser $38, is a gentle, liquid gel cleanser that somehow holds it’s form (I can’t think of any other way to describe it lol) so that while massaging it on, you can feel the gel gliding between your fingertips and your face.  It’s such a luxe daily ritual that I really look forward to and it works beautifully on removing a full face of makeup as well as fresh morning skin.

LOVE LOVE LOVE and a great price point for a full-size product (150ml)  from a premium brand.

Garnier Pure Active Range

An excellent coup for those with sensitive skin, Garnier has just launched a 3 step cleansing and care routine designed for sensitive acne-prone skin.  

Garnier Pure Active Sensitive comprises 3 products; a soap-free Pure Active Sensitive Cleanser, a clarifying Pure Active Sensitive Toner and Pure Active Sensitive Moisturiser.  The combination of natural ingredients such as zinc to purify and boost skin immunity and witch hazel to soothe irritated skin results in a hypoallergenic and ph-neutral range, perfect for calming and caring for sensitive skin.

Point of difference to note; a gel toner!!!  I’ve never seen nor tried one before!

Garnier Pure Active Sensitive range RRP $13.99ea, available from select supermarkets, pharmacies and Farmers.

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Clinique Pep-Start™ HydroBlur Moisturiser, 50ml RRp $58Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Review

This little blue pot of matte-moisturising perfection has been my daily go-to for the past 2 months.  I took it with me to Surfers Paradise anticipating needing some help controlling shine in the warmer conditions and it exceeded my expectations.  It’s like a combination moisturiser/primer, which is awesome as it’s one less step when you’re getting ready.  I’ve found many ‘blur’ products end up sitting on top of my skin leaving a residue that seems to rub off when applying foundation or BB cream over the top – which kind of defeats the purpose really!  This stays on during makeup application and looks great on a bare-faced day as well as one where I’m sporting a full face of makeup.  Zero shine plus great looking and feeling skin.

I was gifted this but would absolutely purchase as it’s now a daily essential.  Shop it here

To discover your custom fit perfect moisturiser, take the Clinique Hydration Quiz here – that’s how I discovered Pep-Start!

L’Occitane Shea Butter Skincare Additions

I’m a huge fan of this range so am always excited to tet out new additions.  The Shea Butter skincare line from L’Occitane not only smells incredible but is pretty much the most effective hydrating collection I’ve used.

It’s got a lovely back-story too, with L’Occitane only purchasing fair trade shea butter from the women producing it sustainably in Burkina Faso.

L'Occitane Shea Solidarity Soap reviewOne of the new arrivals is the limited edition Shea Solidarity Soap, 50g RRP $8.  Do yourself and a charitable cause a favour and pick one of these up next time you’re at the mall or shopping online at nz.loccitane.com.  The subtle fragrance of the shea range is totally addictive and works beautifully in this solid soap bar which cleans without L'Occitane She Butter Foaming Cleanser Reviewstripping skin.  Plus, 100% of the profits are redistributed to fight avoidable blindness.  Ask in store if you can’t find this variety as it may have sold out!

I’ve also been enjoying another line addition, the Shea Butter Foaming Cleanser, 125ml RRP $45.  With 5% shea oil, this is an excellent in-between cleanser if you’re not a fan of liquid/gel cleansers but aren’t ready to commit to an oil cleansing regime.  I’d recommend this for normal to dry skin types, the end result is beautifully clean, but also really soft and hydrated skin.

Other new products in the Shea Butter Skincare Line are; Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm 150ml, RRP $53, Whipped Body Cream Shea Rose 125ml, RRP $38, Whipped Hand Cream Shea Rose 30ml, RRP $18.

Miri Skincare Kiwifruit Seed Oil & Manuka Honey Balm, 25ml, RRP $12.99

Miri Skincare Kiwifruit Seed oil and Manuka Honey Balm ReviewYou may have seen me try this on my IG stories last week, in which you’ll remember how surprised I was at the formulation and how easily and quickly it was absorbed.  I find most all-purpose balms to be super sticky, which makes them far too annoying to keep on for any duration.  Miri’s new offering is different.  Made in New Zealand from natural ingredients, Miri’s Kiwifruit Seed Oil & Manuka Honey Balm was created with the intent to combine NZ and South Pacific ingredients into an all natural balm to soothe chapped lips or irritated skin.  Suggested uses are; moisturising lips, chapped lips, dry or cracked skin, burns, scrapes, nourishing cuticles, insect bites, prevention of nappy rash, general massage and shaving rashes.
There’s no nasty fillers, preservatives, petroleum, BHA, BHT, DEA-regulated ingredients, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, parabens, PEG compounds, siloxanes, SLS or triclosan.

And it’s STILL lovely and effective.

Available from leading pharmacies nationwide.

Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm 90ml, RRP $75

Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm Review

Described as Step Zero in your cleansing routine, this is a breakthrough product that takes Dermalogica’s double-cleanse regime to the next level.  I’m a huge fan of their PreCleanse Oil, it’s in my shower for everyday use, to be honest, but the pump bottle does make it more difficult to travel with.  

Enter the innovative PreCleanase Balm that activates on contact with water, transforming from balm to oil.  LOVE.  There is no cleanse like a Dermalogica double-cleanse, that is a fact.  The retail pack comes complete with a double-sided, ergonomically-designed mitt that is heaven on skin (really), and leaves skin “soft, nourished and ready to receive the benefits of your regular skin care regimen”, Caroline Parker, Head of Education for Dermalogica New Zealand.

Available from authorised Dermalogica® skin centres, selected department stores, Life Pharmacies and online at dermalogica.co.nz

Eco Tan Invisible Tan® – Express Self-tanning Crème 150ml RRP $39.95

Eco Tan Invisible Tan reviewConfession time; I’ve never, ever self-tanned.  Ever.  but I’m going to.

After two revelatory spray tans, one before our family holiday on the Gold Coast and one before my trip to Melbourne last month, I realised that fake tan has come a long way since I was in high school.  You very rarely see an orange tan-victim these days, in fact, I can only think of one and his name starts with T and ends with Rump.  So, I’m going to do it.  My dad died from melanoma as many of you know, so my passion for laying out is pretty much zero these days, plus the bikini bod isn’t doing what it should either.  In the words of my very wise nail tech, “tanned fat looks a whole lot better than pasty fat’.

So that’s my new motto.

Eco Tan is a cruelty-free brand that uses natural cacao, herbs flower extract, fruit extract and chamomile to create a natural looking glow that is certified organic.  To support the Eco Tan range of tanning projects, creator Sonya Driver has also brought a beautiful range of natural body care products to market.  These are all vegan, toxic free, synthetic free, cruelty-free and licensed by PETA.

Eco Tan and Eco by Sonya Driver are available at Unichem and Life Pharmacies, Health 2000 and Commonsense Organics, leading health and organic retailers and online at www.naturalthings.co.nz

Female Hereditary Hair Loss – What you Need to Know

As a New Zealand women, I’ve grown up with the notion that much of my sense of self (and sometimes even self-worth!), is intrinsically associated with my appearance and how others, or more importantly, how I feel about my appearance at any given point in my life.

As normalised/wrong/gender biased as this may seem to some, for me, it’s simply a fact. I am a 37-year-old product of my environment and my physical characteristics and how I choose to present myself to the world do play a strong role in how I identify with my heritage, my family, my friends as well as strangers.

The body positive movement is forcing many of us to ask some hard questions about this very topic, about why the size or shape of our thighs should have any impact on how kick-ass we deem our femme-selves to be. But, our physical self is made up of much more than thighs, bums, mum-tums and bingo-wings (what remains of my triceps!). We love – or should try to love – our skin, our noses, our teeth, our big foreheads we inherited from our dads and, we probably do love our hair, at least on that one day each month we have time to wash and blow dry it!

Much is out of our control. We can go to the gym, exhibit full, disciplined control over what we eat and drink but we can’t control when our hair will begin to grey or if we will be the 1-in-3 women who will experience hair thinning or hair loss after age 30. Many women identify strongly with their hair, it can ground us and remind us of our heritage, styling it – or not styling it – can make us feel empowered, or simply……..beautiful. Our hair as females can make a statement, we can use it as a symbol of our beliefs and what we stand for, or in protest against what others feel we should believe in and stand for.

As such, female hereditary hair loss can be a devastating experience for many women. I was researching this piece whilst travelling, and amongst the crowds in airports and in close quarters on planes, I began to notice just how common it was among women.

Hereditary Hair Loss Facts
  • Most people lose between 50-100 hairs a day, which is considered normal hair loss; a consistent loss of 150 hairs a day is considered significant hair loss.
  • Can resemble an Evergreen tree pattern with the most extensive hair loss occurring on the top of the head and along the part.
  • If untreated, hair thinning can worsen over time.
Treating Hereditary Hair Loss

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Don’t despair, ladies, there is help available and it’s an easy, quick addition to your daily beauty routine and doesn’t require expensive specialist appointments.

Women’s REGAINE® Foam is the first and only once daily foam clinically proven to regrow hair in women.

Once daily. At home. Available in pharmacies without a prescription.

Sounds amazing right? But how does it work?

Launched in 2016, Women’s Regaine works to reactivate hair follicles and stimulate hair growth with the added bonus that new hairs can be up to 48% thicker than before. Active ingredient Minoxidil 5% works to increase the supply of blood and nutrients to hair follicles, resulting in strengthening existing hairs and encouraging them to grow.

Clinical studies show results in as little as 12 weeks but if you can’t wait that long, the amaze stylists and hair professionals at Frenchie & Co have shared some of their go-to methods for styling thinning hair;

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  • Create volume by backcombing around the crown of the head and part where female hereditary hair loss is most apparent.
  • Use your straightener to lock that volume in by clamping hair at the root with your straightener set on low heat – try 150°
  • Use products such as powder grip, dry shampoo and hair spray to maintain lift throughout the day.
  • Lighter colour hairy creates the illusion of more volume
  • Avoid a centre part
  • Lobs, bobs and side fringes work well

How to Care for Thinning Hair

  • Avoid tight, pulled back styles
  • Give your hair a break! Try a ‘gentle hair day’ once a week
  • Use sulphate free shampoos that don’t open the hair follicle
  • Avoid over-processing hair
  • Comb when wet, not dry

Women’s REGAINE® Foam is available from pharmacies nationwide RRP $85.99 for a 2-month supply, $129.99 for a 4-month supply.

This post was sponsored by Women’s REGAINE® Foam, all opinions expressed are my own.  

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Beauty Spotlight: Makeup August ’17

Need-to-know news / Beauty Reviews from New Zealand’s most loved Health & Beauty Brands


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Clarins Spring 2017 Make-Up Collection

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Pictured: Joli Rouge Lipstick RRP $50, Face Contouring Palette RRP $66

Put visiting the Clarins counter at the TOP of your to-do list ladies because the 2017 Spring Collection is incredible.  Combining classic faves with innovative, beautiful packaging and product delivery, Clarins has produced an outstanding collection this season that has me obsessing.

Inspired by, and incorporating trompe l’oeil effects in the make-up has resulted in beautiful essentials, perfectly paired to enhance natural beauty whilst creating depth.

Amazing.

The 4-Colour All-in-One Pen is an absolute must-have for a quick day-to-night make-up update.  A perfect homage to the classic 4-colour biro, this is a on-the-go essential. Touch up both eyes and lips with 3 shades of eyeliner – intense black perfect for a graphic look, a chocolate to gently warm the eyes and an indigo blue to enhance the colour of the pupil. The fourth universal nude shade lines the lips and invisibly shapes.

RRP $50

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Clarins Spring CollectionNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Clarins Spring CollectionDuo Pores & Matité – Pore Perfecting Foundation & Pore Perfecting Kit

Make-up + Melissa  = shiny skin.  Things start off looking great and then 2 hours later, I’m reflecting my phone screen lol.  I don’t have oily skin either so it’s probably due to not finding the right foundation for my skin.  

Pore Perfecting Foundation is…..soft.  That’s the best way I can think to describe it.  Light/medium coverage that blends like velvet with a powdery finish that hides pores and absorbs oil.  Not cakey, not artificial, not what you are looking for if you want to look like a beauty YouTuber.  Think natural, light and luminous.

Clarins Pore Perfecting Kit IS my new bff.  The compact itself is exquisite and what’s inside is so incredibly effective against shine you’ll take it everywhere. First, absorb excess oil with blotting papers. Hello matte skin!  (Refills are available).  Second, leave skin smooth and matte with a translucent powder. Hello flawless skin!  I’m even more excited about summer’s arrival now that I have these two on hand to help even out my skin tone and protect against shine.

Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation 30ml- RRP $64, Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit- RRP $68 

Available at Farmers, David Jones and selected Pharmacies.

Inika Long Lash Vegan Mascara

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Inika Vegan Mascara

The classic black mascara, remastered from 100% plant derived ingredients.  

Since 2006 Inika has been excelling in the creation of high quality, ethical cosmetics and can now call themselves one of the world’s highest certified makeup brands.

The latest addition to the brands organic, cruelty-free and vegan line is the Inika Long Lash Vegan Mascara.  An update on their current Vegan Mineral Mascara, this deep black formula contains nourishing jojoba oil to condition lashes and glide on easily for all day wear.

My verdict?  The applicator brush is longer than most and certainly delivers on it’s no-clumping claim.  I applied it without curling my lashes and they looked amazing.  Very impressed, best new mascara I’ve tried this year.

RRP $52 Available from Smith & Caughey’s and selected health stores around NZ.

Wet ‘n Wild Launches in New Zealand!

August saw the arrival of veteran Peta-certified, cruelty-free cosmetics brand Wet n Wild to New Zealand.  Boasting a huge range of 250 products and an enviable price-point (RRP $2.99-$13.99) Wet n Wild is sure to become a beauty-junkie fave here in New Zealand.  Well known in the states, Wet n Wild has long been a brand that women begin their makeup journey with, but remain loyal to as they discover their favourite products.

My picks are the MegaGlo Illuminating Palette RRP $ 12.99 and the Comfort Zone Eye Shadow Palette RRP $8.00 – the placement locations are stamped into the palette which is soooo good for eyeshadow-challenged people like myself!

Available from selected farmers stores and online at www.farmers.co.nz

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Designer Brands Luminous Hydrating FoundationNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family DB Luminous Hydrating Foundation Vegan

Another company bringing great quality, Vegan makeup to mainstream store-fronts in New Zealand is Designer Brands.  Dewy skin is always IN (in my opinion) and the new Luminous Hydrating Foundation is all about delivering glowing skin that’s hydrated and subtly illuminated.

Containing proven, much-loved beauty staples such as Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea and Vitamin C, this is a really well-priced option for a medium coverage, buildable foundation – and it’s vegan!

RRP $24.99 Available in 6 shades from pharmacies nationwide.

mark.  

I heard rumours of this brand about 6 weeks ago and have been waiting for it’s launch ever since.  Designed to capture the imaginations of beauty junkies, the mark. range delivers products across the face, eyes, lips and nail categories, with on-trend staples in each.

My picks would be the Be Blushed Cream Blush Stick (LOVE a good cream or liquid blush) RRP $23.99, the Skinny Precision Kohl RRP $17.99 and the 3D Plumping Lipstick in Cocoa Kisses RRP $23.99.

Available exclusively online at shop.avon.co.nz or through reps nationwide.

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How I learned to Love my Hair in 45min

I’m addicted to my hair dryer.

And my hair straightener.

And not looking just like “I woke up like this’.

I don’t know exactly what my hair would look like if I didn’t see my hairdresser every 8 weeks to colour it.

My hair, quite simply isn’t ‘me’.

Age has taught me how to appreciate some wrinkles – I think of them as my happy lines, it has taught me how to say ‘No, I really can’t do that right now, I need to stay home with my kids’, and be entirely comfortable with that statement.  I rarely experience fomo or jealousy, I understand the importance of always being sincerely nice, even when I don’t want to be and as a (mostly!) fully-functioning adult, I can cook, work, spend and save in some semblance of responsible order.

I really should be able to leave the house with my hair in its natural state.

I scrolled through my Instagram profile and as I suspected there are no shots of me without straightened hair.  Not.  One.  On a sub-par hair day I simply wear a cap, even in winter.  I’m 37 years old and don’t know how to wear my hair so I look like myself.

That’s kinda sad right?

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My hair today is all cowlicks and volume, there’s lots of it and not one strand is straight.  My waves go in all directions, without rhyme or reason, which is why I have always struggled to style it in a way I’m comfortable with.  I’ve thought about this a lot; how it is that, despite seeing more hairdressers than I can count and spending more money than I care to remember on my frizzy tresses,  I’ve never left a salon loving my hair.  I mean, sure, I walk out the door loving how the stylists have made my hair look……………….but that’s an entirely different thing.

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Last week as part of the Dove Love Your Hair campaign, I met with a new hair stylist for the first time.  She had no preconceptions about my hair or about how I usually wear it.  She looked at it, she washed it and she naturally styled it, following its own (unruly) direction.

And I LOVED how it looked.

How it felt.

How it made me feel.

It was the fastest, but most meaningful hair appointment I’d ever had in my life.  Without projecting all of my standard, hair-hate onto yet another stylist (“it’s too frizzy, boofy, messy, unpolished”), I had allowed her the opportunity to respect my natural waves and run with it.  Something I’d never attempted to do before.

Ironically, wearing my hair naturally would cut styling time, reduce damage and require less product than my regular dry and iron routine – which I can’t be bothered doing most days anyway, hence the hat.

How do I feel now?

Liberated.  Seriously.

It may seem a little melodramatic, after all, we are only talking about HAIR, but, over the years I’d constructed a little ‘curated’ template of how my hair should look and feel ie straight, shiny, and contained!  What I learnt was how to style my hair in a way that’s quick, totally doable at home and which celebrates my quirky waves in a way which makes me feel amazing.  I’m finally ready, after 37 years, to wear my hair naturally, with confidence and love my hair.

Tips for Styling Wavy Hair

  • Brush hair before washing
  • Wash gently, not vigorously.  I’m using Dove Nourishing Oil Care shampoo and conditioner.
  • Use a mitt diffuser rather than a rigid model.  This dries hair while maintaining curl without frizz
  • Twist curls to give shape and prevent fly-aways

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New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Dove Love your Hair Shampoo Review

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Dove Love your Hair Shampoo Review

This awesome opportunity was made possible for me thanks to Dove and their fab #LoveYourHair campaign.

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Personal Fave > Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid

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I was complimented recently on my skin and kinda blew it off but afterward realised I did have a bit of a secret weapon; I’ve been using Alpha-H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid every second night for around 6 weeks now and I’m a convert.
You have to take it easy though, this is a serious resurfacing treatment but your skin will love it.  A swipe over your face after cleansing in the evening is all it takes.  When I wake in the morning my skin is super hydrated, looks younger and fresher with minimised pores.  Smooth is an understatement.  I’d never before heard of Alpha-H but a quick Google search showed just how much of a cult product this is.

RRP $57.95 Available from www.tvsn.co.nz

NEW Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

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Beauty lovers, this is EXCITING.  Estée Lauder has extended their legendary Advanced Night Repair range with Eye Concentrate Matrix.  In stores today, July 17th 2017, this blend of visco-elastic polymer and 2X concentrated infusion of two types of Hyaluronic Acid is science in a bottle.  Dubbed a multi-repair, skin strengthening, ultra-nourishing formula, the 360° Matrix technology has been designed to combat the aging effects of over 10,000 micro-movements made by our eyes each day.

I’ve just applied it for the first time via the massage applicator, which, as well as feeling heavenly under tired eyes, will also ensure that this is an investment in your skin that will go the distance.  It would almost be impossible to apply too much product as the bottle/applicator design functions perfectly.

RRP $138 Available at Estée Lauder counters, online at smithandcaugheys.co.nz and farmers.co.nz.

L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Face Cream + code for you!

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Face Cream

Oh my lord.  The smell, the creamy texture, the incredible hydration factor……  the shea butter collection from L’Occitane is one of my faves and should go straight to the top of your list if your skin is suffering from the drying effects of winter.  Also available in a 5% Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream, L’Occitane’s natural and organic ingredient-based solutions are perfect to remedy that ‘tight’ feeling that is associated with the temperature fluctuations our skin is exposed to at this time of year.

RRP $66 Available from nz.loccitane.com/

Try the range with a FREE 7 day skincare trial which you can collect from any of the L’Occitane boutiques, as well as online using the code “Melissa” with any purchase until the 30th of July.

Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Balm

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Frankie Apothecary Kawakawa Balm

It’s a genuinely exciting time in the health and skincare field as more and more beautifully crafted, natural products are coming to market and proving their worth and efficacy against options created by their big-pharma contemporaries.

New-to-me Kawakawa Balm by Frankie Apothecary is one such product.  Wildcrafted from a sustainable Kawakawa farm in Mangawhai, this is the first NZ made, oil-based formulation targeting eczema and is completely preservative free as are all products in the Frankie Apothecary range.   The balm is in a perfect semi-solid state, softening easily to the touch and applies beautifully.  The first thing I did after opening the jar was to apply it to my dry, chapped lips after a morning on the sidelines at rugby.  Then, I put it on my hands and feet and on Ethan’s legs which were hideously dry, scaly and looked like they had been sandblasted after his game today.

This is one of those miracle products that you will find multiple uses for.  The oil-based formula feels amazing on my skin and I’m really looking forward to incorporating it into how I care for the boys.

RRP $32.90 available from www.frankieapothecary.co.nz and good pharmacies and health stores around NZ.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family A'kin Micellar WaterA’kin Natural Australian Skincare

The list of what’s NOT in A’kin products is so vast, it was really interesting running my eyes down the ingredients list and taking note of what is actually in these skincare products that have proven so popular on both sides of the Tasman.  Corn cob powder, coconut water, green tea, cucumber water.  Sounds delicious, but these natural offerings culminate in a robust range with an awesome price-point.

A’kin includes cult beauty faves Micellar Water (RRP $17.49) and Rosehip Oil (RRP $34.99) in their range, all of which contain; no sulfates, parabens, silicones, ethoxylated cleaners, PEGS, phyalates, mineral oil, artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or animal derivatives.  Perfect options for those committed to using only vegan, cruelty-free skincare products.

Available from pharmacies and health stores nationwide, or shop online at www.akin.co.nz/ 

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance SerumNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance Serum

This is my second time using one of Manuka Doctor’s most iconic products, ApiRefine Radiance Serum and I was very excited to have it hit my doorstep ergo my face lol.  I’ve found many serums don’t layer well under moisturiser and then makeup, but this one does.  I wear serum every day, have tried many different options and I’d have to pop this in my Top 3 I think!  The results are dewy but not oily, firm but not tight.

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance Serum RRP $35.95, available online www.manukadoctor.co.nz from Farmers Department Stores, selected pharmacies and department stores.

Avon True New Zealand Launch + WIN!

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Ding-dong to Dot-com!  Avon has been synonymous with beauty for 130 years now and is continuing to introduce new generations of consumers to their brand, building on a legacy of simple, honest, functional products that embody effortless beauty and uncompromising results.

I was thrilled to attend the launch of Avon True in Auckland at the end of June and get to know the brand a little more.  New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Avon True ReviewThe evolution of Avon as I remember it (purely catalogue based and unattainable unless you knew an ‘Avon Lady’) to a brand that honours it’s heritage whilst providing an innovative online sales platform is pretty staggering.

Avon is now accessible to everyone including those of us that are true online shopping devotees – I love it!

My pick of the new range?  True Colour Flawless CC Pearls RRP $35.99

With shades to combat all of our skin woes such green to reduce redness and yellows to combat dark circles, I’m really looking forward to adding these pearls to my daily makeup routine – there’s nothing more exciting to me than a product that quite simply makes sense!

Available online at: shopavon.co.nz

Win with Avon!

I have 5 Avon True Colour Skin Goodness Moisturising BB Cream SPF15 to give away in Shell (check the link to make sure that colour will work for you!) RRP $19.99.  To enter just leave a comment below and let me know whether you’d prefer ‘Ding dong or dot.com” Avon shopping.

Comp closes Sunday 24th July, NZ residents only.  

mummy-blog-new-zealand-blogger-mommy-travelblog-family-Beauty-Review-Estee-Lauder-Advanced+Night+Repair+Eye+Concentrate+Matrix 1.  Tangle Teezer Star Wars Special Editions RRP $34 – available from selected pharmacies, salons, dept. stores or call 0508 734 466 for stockists.  2.  BON Organic Tampons from $6.99 www.bonlifestyle.com, 3.  Freeman Beauty Infusion Pods & Sheet Masks from $5.50 at selected pharmacies and Farmers stores.  4.  Sukin Ultra Hydrating Body Oil RRP $24.50 available at Farmers, pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beat the Microbead

Trilogy put their money where their mouth is this month as they launched limited edition packaging to support the global Beat the Microbead campaign.  Celebrating World Oceans Day which was June 8th, Trilogy is championing the “Look for Zero’ initiative and urging consumers to make informed shopping decisions when purchasing beauty products.  Plastic microbeads commonly found in scrubs and exfoliants are so small that they bypass filtration systems and head straight for our oceans.

Look for Trilogy’s Love the Ocean packaging for the remainder of the month as $2 from the sale of each product worldwide will be donated to the NZ Whale & Dolphin Trust.

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Schwarzkopf Beology Range Launch

This new range has been all over the internet this month, a big launch for Schwarzkopf and one that’s garnered a lot of attention.

Beology is a therapeutic range, addressing dry, damaged and ageing hair concerns combining science and natural actives across 8 products.  Deep Sea Extract, Sea Algae, fruit juices, seed oils and herb and flower extracts care for the scalp and hair fibres while 3 types of Keratins and Proteins strengthen and repair.

Available in Beology Repair for damaged hair and Beology Aqua for normal to dry hair.

RRP $16.00 in all leading department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.

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New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Beauty Review Paw Paw OintmentSukin Paw Paw Ointment

A brand with mass appeal due to it’s ethical, affordable and effective beauty products, Sukin launched it’s Paw Paw Ointment this month, dubbed “The Quintessential All-Rounder”.

I’d have to agree!  I took it with us to Queenstown earlier this month and was so glad I did.  The dry air and constant indoor heating quickly gave us all chapped lips and Paw Paw Ointment was a great remedy to have on-hand.  Ethan suffers from painful peeling around his finger-nails and is quite fussy about what he treats it with so I was happy that Sukin’s new Ointment provides an effective barrier and treatment, without rubbing off instantly and losing efficacy.

Cruelty-free, vegan, paraben free, sulphate free.  RRP $9.99 at Farmers, pharmacies and health stores.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil

Another product I used religiously in Queenstown and is now always in my pockets and bags is Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil in Misted Plum.  This is my first lip oil product and I’m definitely a fan.  Think awesome, moisturising gloss without the stickiness and gorgeous sheer colour.  I have no idea what Meadowfoam Seed is but its oil in combination with Coconut oils is a perfect base for adding subtle shine and colour to your lips.

Just as you’d want in a lip product, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil is 100% natural.  

Available in 6 shades, RRP $20 from selected pharmacies, department stores and health stores.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Beauty Review Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil

Good Health Immuno-Biotic Pre+Pro Biotic in OneNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Beauty Review

Knowledge of the role the gut plays in our general health is becoming more and more evident and topical, especially as we are smack bang in the middle of winter!  Probiotics increase the number of friendly bacteria in the digestive system, restoring gut flora balance and promoting optimal digestive and immune health.  The super-cool thing about Immuno-Biotic from Good Health is that the addition of a PREbiotic acts as food for the PRObiotic and other beneficial bacteria to feed on!  Yay for increased efficacy!

RRP $29.90 30 capsules, from selected pharmacies and health stores as well as online.

Tangle Teezer Skinny Dip Compact Styler

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I’ve been using Tangle Teezer’s exclusively on my hair as well as the boys for a couple of years now.  We all have big, tangly hair with a LOT of curl going on and these are the only brushes that cut through our knots without sending E running for the hills and bringing Nix to tears.

An added bonus is that they’re super-cute and the compact styler is the perfect size to slip in your purse, gym bag or toilet bag when travelling.

RRP $34 from selected pharmacies, salons and department stores.

Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment

Dermalogica is one of my all time faves so any new release from them has me ripping into the courier package as soon as it arrives.  It’s pretty rare these days to try something completely different and new.  At least for me, Nightly Lip Treatment is the first product of its kind to land on my desk.  

Formulated to address ageing concerns in the perioral (mouth) region such as; vertical lines in the upper lip, sagging around the mouth, skin fragility and wrinkles and folds, Nightly Lip Treatment is my new bed-side bff.

Wait until you try the metal applicator!

RRP $95, available from authorised Dermalogica skin centres and counters nationwide and online at www.dermalogica.co.nz.

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Atzen Renew Eye Lift Serum

Another brand fave right here.  Eyes are kinda my obsession right now, I’ve realised how much I unconsciously pull that fragile (read: thinning, more-papery-every-day) looking skin around as I rub my eyes and try and squeeze in another hour of work in front of my computer zzzzzzz.

Ok, I’m awake.

There’s some major science in Atzen’s range including bio-available DNA from a natural marine origin that holds 10,000 times its weight in water = mega hydration for your skin, a lifting film that remains at ultimate levels for over four hours and peptides that mimic the neuromuscular action of viper venom, acting as a safe alternative to Botulin Toxin.

Too good right?

RRP $145, available online at www.atzen.nz, or at selected beauty therapists and health stores.

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Health & Beauty Releases January

Well, Summer, you haven’t quite made it to New Zealand (yet – I’m still hopeful!) but some gorgeous new beauty releases certainly graced our shores this month.  January brought something for everyone and for every budget.  SPF products are, of course, seasonally popular right now, but here in NZ we need to be using these all year long, so consider the ‘sunny’ season a great opportunity to firm-up your faves for the months ahead.


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M·A·C wowed this month with the release of their cult classic Strobe Cream in four new shades; Pinklite (the original) plus Peachlite, Silverlite, Redlite and Goldlite RRP $70.  These stunning luminescent moisturizers are tired skin’s bff (read: this mama’s wearing them everyday!).  Also on counter is Extra Dimension Skin Finish in four new shades; Show Gold peach that breaks pink, Double Gleam beige that breaks silver, Beaming Blush pink that breaks gold, Soft Frost white that breaks violet RRP $64.

Available now at all authorized M·A·C locations.
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Extra Dimension Skinfinish Double-Gleam beige that breaks silver

BRUSH ON BLOCK is a product I’m freaking in LOVE with.  Here’s the scenario; makeup done, out to an event with family/friends/work whatever, sun is blazing (which would be weird, I know AUCKLAND!), and your only option is to ruin your glam face with oily sunscreen (or melanoma) and sometimes a hat is just not enough, or not appropriate.  

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BRUSH ON BLOCK is an on-the-go mineral SPF30 sunscreen in a translucent powder form.  It’s a perfect purse-sized compact with built in dispensing brush that lets you apply sunscreen both underneath and on top of makeup as well as those super tricky places that are often left exposed, such as your part or around your hairline.  I love it and I’m never leaving home without it in my bag.

BRUSH ON BLOCK is vegan, not tested on animals and is gentle enough for kids or those with sensitive skin.  RRP $44, visit www.houseofcamille.co.nz to find your nearest stockist.

NZ beauty innovator, Mellow Cosmetics this month released their much-anticipated brow range and it’s predictably freaking awesome.  The combo of great makeup, vegan and cruelty-free goodness and amazing price-points is a winner you guys!

Meet the line-up;

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Brow Definer Pencil $22, available in 4 shades, Brow Pomade $19.50, available in 4 shades, Brow Powder Duo $22, available in 4 shades, Tinted Brow Gel $19.50, available in Dark Brown and Light Brown.

My pick is the Brow Powder Duo, I love that you’re only paying for two shades as opposed to the four that many palettes come with – and that you’ll never use.  Available in Caramel, Mocha, Chocolate and Taupe.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Beauty ReviewTo be totally honest with you, I’m counting calories and steps right now in an effort to lose the 5kg’s that crept on throughout 2016 and I’m not above taking help where I can get it.  Good Health Synetrim® Slim has hit selected leading pharmacies and health stores RRP $36.90.

Helping to block the absorption of fat, carbs, sugar and manage cravings, Synetrim® is a formula patented for weight loss and metabolic function through 6 key actions;

  1. Triple Absorption Blocker, 2.  Healthy Fat Metabolism, 3.  Mood Balance, 4.  Healthy Cholesterol, 5.  Appetite and Craving Management, 6.  Blood Sugar Balance.

Sounds amaze right?  Everything I need so fingers crossed it helps and you KNOW I’ll give you the scoop if it does xx

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Beauty ReviewSo a new brand I discovered and loved in 2016 was Atzen.  I finished my RENEW™ – Vita C Serum without missing a day, I loved it so much and I’m currently using BALANCE™ – DNA Repair Serum – Age Reverse Safely™ which is equally effective in softening existing textural imbalances (of which I have many due to scarring and sun damage) and providing long lasting hydration.

So, obviously a fan, I was so happy to receive the ATZEN Balance Bio-Active Complex SPF15™ RRP $139.  Sunscreen is my jam and this organic, nano-particle and petrochemical free formulation protects from pollution and ultraviolets whilst hydrating skin and promoting a youthful, glowing complexion.  I’ve only just started using it but am impressed after a couple of days, key point – non-greasy yay!

The BEST smelling body lotion EVER!New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Beauty Review

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  There is no respite.  Even if you’re putting back your 2.25l a day (I’m trying I swear!) your skin will still need some external help.  Sukin win The Best Nest Best Body Lotion award with their Moisture Rich Body Crème RRP $20.99.  I just want to eat it.

Seriously.

Smelling like lemon curd and delivering great hydration at a great price and ticking all the vegan, carbon neutral, no animal-testing, no SLS, no SLES, no parabens and no mineral oil boxes, Moisture Rich Body Crème is an absolute GEM.

Love, love love!  

Available at Farmers, pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

See you next month!