Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist - Deluxe Edition 3

It's that time of year again - when Jurlique release their limited edition Rosewater Balancing Mist! This is a big (200 mL) bottle of rosewater combined with other plant extracts and humectants, which adds a boost of moisture to your face during the day, and can be used without ruining your make-up (provided you're coordinate enough to mist it gently!). If you're less coordinated, you can do what I do and spray it onto your hands, then press it gently onto your face. It also smells absolutely divine, like a stroll through a rose garden in the middle of summer. I think this year's packaging is the prettiest so far!

The best thing, though, is that with every purchase of the Rosewater Mist, Jurlique makes a donation to the Jurlique Ideas of Beauty Fund. This money gets distributed across a number of different charities dedicated to empowering women around the world through education, mentoring and support. You can read more about the fund and the specific charities here.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Anatomicals Australian Range Review Part 2

The folks at Anatomicals have kindly sent me the rest of the Australian range since I liked the first set so much. Again, I haven't been paid to say nice things, I am genuinely really impressed with this range! Sassy names, colourful packaging, delicious scents and skin-friendly ingredients - I am totally their target market.

My previous review of the Anatomicals range lives here - here are some more!


I really liked the Not a Dry Thigh in the House Lilac Body Lotion for being lightweight and non-greasy, and the other two in the range are the same, but with even better scents! Not Another Rough Day Please is a no-nonsense vanilla, while Bye-Bye Miss American Dry is a delicious and non-Panadolly cherry.

The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub is a microbead-free scrub (it uses pumice instead), very similar to The Seven Deadly Skins, which is melon scented. It's rough enough to satisfy anyone's buffing urges, but it's also capable of being used gently if you don't press hard. I personally prefer the fragrance of the melon version.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fact-check Feature: Can you remove nail polish with vinegar and lemon juice?

In one of the nail polish enthusiast groups I'm in, this article was recently brought to my attention. In summary, it says that if you've run out of nail polish remover, don't worry! You can easily remove your polish by first soaking your nails in warm water for 10 minutes, then soaking cotton balls in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and vinegar, and placing them on your nails for 20-30 seconds.

Hurrah! No more late night manicure emergencies! No more expensive and smelly solvents! Just all natural, cheap, readily available household products! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

...Well, except that 99.9% of "too good to be true" claims are too good to be true.

Why It Won't Work

1. Lemon juice and vinegar are dilute solutions of relatively weak, high pH acids (low pH = more acidic). They're about pH 2, which is not acidic enough to dissolve anything quickly.

2. The reason nail polish remover works is that it's non-polar, and can get in between the nail polish molecules and separate them (which is what we see as dissolving). Water is too polar to get in. Vinegar and lemon juice are both mainly water, so it's very unlikely that anything will happen, in terms of dissolving.

3. I'm sure many people have chopped up lemons while wearing nail polish - if it could really dissolve nail polish, surely someone would've seen smears of polish on their lemon wedges by now? Or Lemony Flutter would be less popular as a post-manicure overnight treatment.

While I can't think of a reason why this mixture would work off the top of my head, there's always a possibility that it could work by some means I haven't thought of, so it's testing time!

It's Getting Testy Up in Hurr

First up is getting the 1:1 mixture of lemon juice and vinegar. I used freshly squeezed lemon juice and apple cider vinegar that was getting all slimey.

Here's my nail before soaking.

10 minutes of soaking...



Friday, 25 July 2014

Alpha-H Instant Facial review

If you're like me, when someone mentions "Alpha-H", you immediately think "Liquid Gold". Liquid Gold has been such an iconic product in my mind (despite never having tried it) that I was surprised to discover that Alpha-H actually has other products. A lot of other products, in fact!

One of the newest is Alpha-H Instant Facial, which I've been using as my sole AHA product here on my Europe trip. It's a glycolic acid based product, but unlike any other AHA I've tried so far, this comes in a handy 100 mL spray bottle so I took it in my carry-on luggage.

Ingredients list: Aqua, Hamamelis virginiana water, glycerin, glycolic acid, plankton extract, Chamomilla recutita extract, Thymus vulgaris leaf extract, potassium hydroxide, polysorbate 20, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, ammonium glycyrrhizate, Arnica montana flower extract, phenoxyethanol, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Cucumis sativus extract, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, Cupressus sempervirens seed extract, Polygonatum officinale rhizome/root extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Hordeum vulgare root extract, citric acid
The main ingredients in this product are witch hazel water, glycerin and glycolic acid (an AHA). There are a bunch of other skin-friendly botanicals in there too, such as chamomile, thyme, arnica and cypress extracts.

It claims to minimise the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and mattify the T-zone, while firming and smoothing the skin. On my skin, it does live up to its claim... except for the mattifying part! Nothing mattifies my T-zone. I'm guessing the glycerin works to plump up the skin while the witch hazel water temporarily tightens the skin, giving the "instant facial" effect. It's a little stingy on the skin, probably due to the low pH (~3), which is necessary for the glycolic acid to get into the skin.

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