Beauty Review | By Nature Nourishing & Refining Face Mask

Beauty Blog Review New ZealandI’m so glad I had scheduled this review for today, I totally needed a wee pick-me-up and after the second time using these amazing masks I am now convinced that the perfect mummy boost comes in a box, costs only $9.99 and you can buy it at The Warehouse or Countdown!

Made in New Zealand {LOVE}, by nature products are free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, silicone, formaldehyde and artificial colours.  What this face mask has in abundance however, is some of the biggest names in skincare right now; Manuka Honey, Collagen, Organic Rosehip oil, hyaluronic Acid, Argan oil and Aloe Vera.

This product is completely different to any other at-home face mask I have used before.  It is a gel/serum based mask opposed to traditional thick, drying masks.  It feels delicious on your skin and reminds of the mask step in a salon Dermalogica facial when mysterious lotions are painted on top of a thin mask just like this one.  The mask is totally easy to apply and there is no lack of treatment in the pouch, the goodness is literally dripping off your fingers by the time you have the mask in position.

Beauty Blog Review New ZealandI had no idea what Hyaluronic Acid was {surprise surprise!} but have noticed it seems to be in tonnes of skincare products at the moment and gets a lot of press so I figured it was time to do some googling.  Hyaluronic Acid {also known as Restylane} is actually a naturally occurring substance within the human body, a humectant – moisture binding – ingredient that keeps skin looking plump, healthy and hydrated.  Babies have heaps of the stuff which is why their skin is so amaze.  As we age, production slows, particularly after 40, so topical treatments can be effective for an instant ‘plump and smooth’.

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This is the second time I have used the by nature Nourishing & Refining Mask.  The first time I used it before bed so didn’t pay too much attention to how my skin looked and felt afterward.  Today I used it in the morning after a terrible nights sleep, much stress and a general state of dehydration.  Praise be, people!  I have to head into the city for an event this afternoon and my skin is glowing, hydrated and ready!  I feel like I’ve had a spa facial.  

A small and lovely, inexpensive wonder you can pick up at your local. 10/10.  As this mask has gone straight to the top of my faves I’m putting the eye and face serums on my wish list.

Find out more about by nature here.

This product was provided for editorial consideration.  All opinions expressed are my own.



The Mascara Showdown | Benefit They’re Real! v Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

Welcome to The Mummy Make-up Project!  I’m five years shy of 40 and after 20 years of clueless make-up application, 2015 is the year of turning drab to fab.  I’m going to find the best skincare and make-up products, share them with you and actually learn how to use them.  I would love your advice along the way as well as your support – I’m sure I’m not the only Mummy out there who is completely clueless about make-up!

Best Mascara Benefit or Eye of Horus NZ Beauty Blog

So, a couple of weeks ago I kicked off The Mummy Make-up Project by asking for your opinions on the BEST mascara on my Fb page.  You guys were into it!  Many had strong favourites but even more of you were also looking for advice on a new lash BFF.  The only mascara I have ever used is ye ol’ faithful, Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof mascara.  After 20 years of service it’s time to retire the old girl in search of something a little more ‘new millenium’.

Overwhelmingly you all recommended I try Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara and the Goddess Mascara from cruelty free brand Eye of Horus.  I purchased both of these products with my own husbands hard earned cash, so rest assured this is not a sponsored review.

I ordered both mascaras online, the Benefit from Smith & Caughey’s RRP$45 + $5 shipping and the Eye of Horus from their website RRP$44 +$4.50 shipping.  Both were despatched super quickly and received in excellent condition.  During the trial week I wore the Benefit mascara on my left eye and Eye of Horus on my right – 7 days of faffing around with two different products!  See what I do in the name of science!  You.  Are.  Welcome.

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Benefit They’re real! Mascara

Ok, this mascara has some huge fans out there, ladies love this product so I was expecting BIG things.  I wasn’t disappointed. They’re Real! delivers some long lashes on initial, one swipe application.  The brush is a rubbery, spiky looking thing which is WAY different to the bristly, brushy Great Lash and this, I have come to believe over the past week, makes all the difference.  I had no problem with panda eyes, even after a swimming lesson with Nixon involving huge bombs in my face, I barely had any black under my eye.  I also had no trouble removing this mascara at night with the miracle product that is micellar water.  Though, in all fairness, I doubt there is much that could withstand a few cotton ball swipes of micellar! {review coming soon}.  

One thing which irked was that big clump on the end of the brush – you can see it in the image.  There are bristles right on the end of the brush which serve no purpose to me but to exacerbate clumping.  This was honestly the only negative in an otherwise amazing product.  I particularly loved how quick drying it was so no black marks on your lids from blinking.

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Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

Like the Benefit, Eye of Horus mascara has it’s own cult following.  I’ve heard professional makeup artists swear by it and those cruelty-free gals get quivering knees at the mere mention of EOH!  So what’s all the fuss about?  Again, the brush is brilliant.  Same rubbery, spikey stylus, but…..look at that concave in the middle of the brush!  I have no idea why this makes a difference, but to my very unprofessional hand, it feels easier to apply, like I’m less likely to slip and smear it around my eye.  After more than a week of daily use, almost zero visible product on the brush.  That’s pretty impressive I think.  Overall I had less clumps with the EOH than They’re Real! but, it takes a few seconds longer to dry so I did have to fix a few lash marks on my lids over the week.  It doesn’t go on quite as long with one swipe, however after a couple more strokes there is no difference between the two products.  Again, I survived swimming with no panda eyes and was easily able to remove EOH at night with my Garnier Micellar water.

Overall, both mascara’s are just light years ahead of the Maybelline Great Lash I was using, check out the vintage brush on pinky!  Ugh.  Her only saving grace was her staying power, but these new generation mascaras can definitely hang without the specified ‘waterproof’ formulation.

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Mascara comaprison and Review Beauty Blogger NZ

So which would I purchase again?  The Mascara Showdown has been won by Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara.  I SO loved this product, the formulation is 10/10 with NO clumping plus that brush has curves in all the right places.  My lashes have never looked better, or longer.  If you were wondering, I am convinced that mascara is definitely one beauty product worth spending a wee bit more on, those brushes don’t lie ladies!