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Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel*

19 April 2017

Pain or discomfort? Yeah I hear you loud and clear. I sit a lot for work, I also stand a lot for work but it's not that nice combination of the two that allows your body time to rest certain areas while putting others to work and vice versa. It's hours and hours of being in the same position knowing that if I'm hurting now it's going to be worse when I get up but also knowing that this is the moment that I really need to suck it up because deadlines don't wait.

When Aromatherapy Associates sent me a media release for the new Aromatherapy Associates Muscle Gels I replied to express interest, I also basically begged for the De-Stress version because sometimes I just need all the help I can get.



The Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel is designed to ease discomfort in muscles and joints after physical activity or simply a long day of standing, sitting or doing repetitious low impact work that puts a strain on the body.

"Particularly effective for those who spend their days at a computer so, for instant relief, keep this in your drawer or on your desk.  It’s also an essential aid for those undertaking physical training and who suffer the stresses and strains of gardening and other demanding outdoor activities. Apply for immediate relief in 10 minutes."

Packaging is a simple squeeze tube with a flip top lid, the dispenser is small enough to allow you to squeeze out just a little bit of product if you are applying to small areas and also doesn't encourage waste of product.



The formula is a traditional gel, it holds it's shape when being squeezed out and doesn't ooze all over the place yet it starts to melt a little when you rub it in to your skin so a little goes a long way, it feels lovely and cooling on the skin but absorbs completely with no residue so you can dress quickly if applying after a shower or feel confident that it won't transfer on anything you come in contact with throughout the day, it also leaves the skin feeling soft, bonus!

I love to rub this in to my lower back, shoulders and arms when I'm doing marathon editing sessions and I notice I'm starting to slump my shoulders, my backside is going to sleep, or, worst of them all, my fingers are starting to get a tingly pain from all the repetitive movements with a mouse or typing.


The scent of the product is a nice mixture or lavender, rosemary and ginger, personally I'm not usually a fan of lavender heavy scents but this one doesn't bother me, the rosemary and ginger help to balance it out and add a little extra warmth, another bonus with the scent is that it doesn't smell medicinal so I'm not self conscious about being around people if I've used it.

If you deal with body aches and pains and you're looking for something that will help to ease your discomfort that won't leave you smelling like tiger balm with a greasy residue on your skin then I would highly recommend checking out the Aromatherapy Associated De-Stress Muscle Gel.

Other products in the range include:

Renew Rose Hydrating Body Gel (200ml, $72.00AUD)
"A quenching gel for dehydrated and stressed out skin, Renew Rose Body Hydrating Gel softens the skin reducing dryness, helping to restore a natural suppleness"

Revive Body Gel (200ml, $72.00AUD)
"For those who are concerned about cellulite or simply feeling tired, sluggish and in need of a general detox.  This invigorating blend contains the essential oils of pink grapefruit, juniper berry and rosemary"

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel (150ml, $56.00AUD) is available at Aromatherapy Associates Australia online
website and leading hotel and destination spas, worldwide. aromatherapyassociates.com.au

This product was provided for consideration, all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience with the product.

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Urban Decay - Moondust Palette | Overview & Swatches

29 March 2017

Overview of the Urban Decay Moondust Palette
PACKAGING

  • Sturdy plastic
  • Black with a silver glitter finish (no glitter fallout from palette)
  • Laser cut 'Moondust' with a mirrored background
  • Strong magnetic closure with easy-to-grip grooves
  • Fairly large mirror with no distortion, able to do a full face of makeup fairly easily
  • No brush included

SHADOWS

  • 8 Shades in total
  • All glitter shades with base colour
  • Fallout occurs easily during application
  • Pigmentation of base colour is light, builds best with a good sticky primer (Too Faced Glitter Glue is what I reach for)
  • Recommend doing eyes before base to make fallout clean up easy




Specter - Pale pink with pink and violet micro glitter
Element - Bright pink that shifts slightly bronze with pink micro glitter
Magnetic - Mid toned purple with purple and blue micro glitter
Lightyear - Grass green with green and pale blue micro glitter
Granite - Dark grey with gold and silver micro glitter
Lithium - Mid toned brown with gold and silver micro glitter
Vega - Blue with dark and light blue micro glitter
Galaxy - Blackened blue with light blue, dark blue and silver glitter


PRICE & WEIGHT

Each shade contains 0.7g (0.2oz) each for a total of 5.6g (1.6oz)

Australia $80.00AUD - Mecca Maxima $14.28AUD per gram/$50AUD per ounce
US $49.00USD - Urban Decay.com $8.75USD per gram/ $30.62USD per ounce
UK £36 - Urbandecay.co.uk £6.42 per gram/£22.50 per ounce

For a full review feel free to watch my YouTube video



Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

Amie Skincare - Micellar Water | Exfolitaing Polish | Matte Finish Moisturiser*

27 January 2017

I was recently contacted by Amie after they saw my Priceline Skincare Goodie Bag post and happily accepted the opportunity to try out some of their products.

Amie was founded by Fiona Parkhouse, ex-Estee Lauder executive and focuses on using plant based and organic ingredients whenever possible while developing their products, the range features skincare products that are simple yet effective and are free of parabens, petrochemicals, SLS/SLES, genetically modified ingredients and are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

Amie Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water*

If you're a makeup wearer you'll already be aware that good skincare starts with making sure the face is clean before going in with your nourishing products so removing makeup properly is a key step. The Amie Micellar Water is gentle yet effective and does a great job when it comes to breaking down a full face of makeup, it has a typical micellar water consistency and has a fresh botanical scent. The bottle contain 200ml of fluid and retails for $8.99 making it an extremely affordable option.


Unfortunately the product doesn't have an easy time breaking down waterproof mascara although this is fairly typical of micellar waters in general, I also feel that the fragrance could be omitted, it isn't stated on the ingredient list exactly what the fragrance is which isn't surprising as the scent would be unique to the brand but if you are typically sensitive to fragrance in products you may want to patch test with this product first.

Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish*

Another pivotal step in skincare is exfoliation, the Amie Exfoliating Polish uses rice powder to manually exfoliate the skin while the cream base helps to hydrate and prevents stripping of the skin, this exfoliator smells of mangoes and I actually have to fight the temptation of tasting it every time I use the product, it really does smell simply amazing. The tube contains 100ml of product and retails for $8.99.


I find this exfoliator to be gentle yet effective and while it does seem to leave a slight residue on the skin initially it absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave the skin feeling slick, just a nice, clean, smooth, hydrated feeling. The exfoliating particles are a little sparse but it's not a detriment to the products efficacy, this is a nice one for all skin types and those who don't like over the top skincare.

Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser*

The final step in skincare should always be hydration and if you have oily skin like me, finding the right type of moisturiser that hydrates without leaving you a slick mess can be difficult. This moisturiser looks like a typical cream when you squeeze it out of the tube but thins out dramatically when it comes in contact with the skin and almost feels like a gel moisturiser, it's hydrating and softening and really does leave a natural matte finish on the skin which makes it perfect for prepping the skin for makeup application. Another great value product containing 100ml for $9.99, this tube will last you months and months!


This product does have a fairly heavy rose scent so that is definitely something to take in to consideration if you aren't a fan of rose scented skincare and it likely wouldn't be suitable for people with extremely dry skin, however the second ingredient is glycerine so it would work for anyone ranging from moderately dry to oily skin, another really lovely and effective product for those who like something a little more simple without the high price tag.

Amie Naturally Kind Skincare is available at Priceline stores and online at Priceline.com.au

Amie Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water 200ml $8.99 at Priceline.com.au
Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish 100ml $8.99 at Priceline.com.au
Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser 100ml $9.99 at Priceline.com.au

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Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..