Sep 1, 2011

Review: Oxygen Skincare

Just over a month ago I was sent some products from the beautiful Alana at Oxygen Skincare to try, test and review.

Luckily, I got to choose my very own little stash of natural skincare goodness. They came all wrapped up in an exciting blue and green bag (bags can too be exciting!), like so:

Oxygen Skincare are the new-kids-on-the-block in the New Zealand beauty market. Their skincare ranges are well thought out and put together. All of the products work in harmony together and complement one another.

Oxygen believes in creating products with the highest levels of natural and organic ingredients as possible. They will only use a small amount of synthetic ingredients if it is of benefit to the customer.

On the whole, I really like the Oxygen Skincare products and have only two gripes about the whole range! Read on.

I chose four products from their 'Teen Range' and also the 'Women's Travel Pack' as all the women's products looked amazing (but I didn't want to be greedy!).

Teen Creme Cleanser - Glad I picked the creme cleanser as opposed to the foaming or 2'n'1 cleansers as my skin has been drier than normal lately. I have to commend Oxygen here for having 3 options for us to choose from in the Teen Range. Most companies only have one, and they assume everyone has oily-pimple-prone skin. They won me over right from the start! Love this cleanser. Ylang ylang and Rosemary extracts make for a yummy aroma-therapeutic experience, while Jojoba and Aloe Vera soothe and soften my skin. I love the creamy texture also. It's important to remind you here that you should remove this cleanser with a warm face-cloth as stated in the directions. This just ensures all the cleanser is removed and a yucky film isn't left on the skin.

Teen Oil Control Toner - I was a bit sceptical about using this product because, well, I don't have a whole lot of oil to control. I read Oxygen's description of the toner though and decided that I could actually use it. Yay! The ingredient list is very short (five!) and features nourishing Kiwifruit, Aloe, Spirulina and Mandarin. The toner has a predominant, gentle mandarin smell that is very refreshing and a good reminder of the naturalness of the product. I think an extra nice summery treat would be to put the toner in the fridge on warm days so you can spritz on a deliciously chilled few drops onto your face to cool you down. I also think the size of the bottle should perhaps be twice the size. It's currently 100ml and I think 200ml (same size as cleanser) would last a bit longer.

Teen Vitalising Moisturiser - This was my least favourite product out of all I received. I found that the creme itself was a tad too light to do any sort of 'intense' moisturising on my skin and the scent very off putting. I think the problem lies in my dry skin though rather than with the product because I tried this on my friend who has 'normal' skin and it worked beautifully at moisturising her skin. I could definitely not understand the concept behind the Pina Colada fragrance. If it were natural smelling like the rest of the products then perhaps I would have persevered with the moisturiser. When I was wearing it I kept getting whiffs of Pina Colada, maybe it's alright for a summer holiday in Raro, but not for your average day-to-day happenings. Unless it's a really cool, happening thing right now in the teen market and I'm just missing the point. Oxygen do have another Teen moisturiser with a more natural cucumber scent. I should look into that instead.

Teen Blemish/Acne Gel - My first thoughts were Holy-Moly-Macaroni this tube is massive for a pimple cream! How exciting to have so much of the stuff, I was practically begging for a little acne. Maybe I shouldn't have. Two days later an hormonal cluster of bumps decided to rear their ugly heads on my chin. I was prepared though. I got out a little cotton bud (as directed, who wants this stuff on their fingers?) and applied it onto the spots. I'm not lying, the next morning they were at least half the size if not smaller. I attribute my speedy acne recovery to the anti-inflammatory properties of the Canadian Willow Herb and anti-microbial properties of the Nelson Manuka Honey. Winning combo. Evening Primrose Oil is on hand to help soften up the blemish and help prevent scarring also. I'm a really big fan of this gel! Good thing it'll last me forever.

Women's Travel Pack - Highly recommended! Love this little kit. I actually kept it in my handbag the WHOLE month and used it at random whenever I needed a little treat. I also took it skiing with me up the mountain and it performed really well given the circumstances. I found my skin was much too dry and as much as I wanted the Intensive Moisturiser to be intense, it just wasn't. I will admit that I didn't drink as much water as I should have and so have no one but myself to blame for my tight skin. The Cream Cleanser was luxurious, both Intensive and Night Moisturisers smelled amazing and the Purifying Honey Masque was a lovely post-piste treat. The Hand and Body Creme was amazing! I have a major sweet tooth and this creme smells like a fresh batch of Vanilla cupcakes. Who could resist? My skin feels smooth and supple after using it and even my Boyfriend noticed I was smelling a lot sweeter than usual. That's saying something! I'd love to try out more of Oxygen's Womens Range, I spied a huge size facial exfoliant and beautiful looking Botanical Face Oil.


All in all, I'm extremely impressed with the products I was given to try out. I'm glad I gave them a good solid month of testing and trialling to get an accurate and honest idea of how they perform. I'd urge you to go and check out their website to see what Oxygen Skincare can do for you!

- Lizy x

May 2, 2011

FOTD - ELF Neutral Eye Palette

I created this look using my ELF Neutral Eye Palette on a nifty little lunch break at work.

I love the combination of these colours together.
It turned out, smokey-shimmery-purpley. If that makes sense.
My workmates loved it!

I also have the ELF Eye Brights and Smokey Eyes palettes so expect to see a lot more of these from now on!
Hope you've had a good start to the week.
- Lizy x

May 1, 2011

FOTD - Kate Middleton Inspired

My makeup today is loosely based on Kate Middleton's wedding makeup.
As if you hadn't already had enough.
As you can tell, we are actually twins that were separated at birth. Ha. Ha.

I used:

ELF Smokey Eyes Beauty Book
Lancome Artliner 'Black'
Prestige 'Anacapri' Lipgloss
Maybelline 'Gentle Rose' Blush
Dior Capture Totale High Def Foundation in 010 and 022
Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher Powder
Shiseido The Makeup Pre-Makeup Cream
Clinique Acne Solutions Concealing Stick in 01
YSL Touche Eclat in 2
Dior Diorshow Extase Mascara in 090 'Black Exstase'
Estee Lauder Artists Eye Pencil in 01 'Softsmudge Black'
MAC 'Painterly' Paint Pot
MAC 'Carbon' Eyeshadow

Hope you enjoyed the Royal Wedding!
-Lizy xo

Apr 25, 2011

Easter Blessings

Happy Easter!

Whatever Easter means to you, I hope your weekend is filled with joy.

- Lizy

Apr 19, 2011

FOTD - Face Of The Day

FOTD - Natalya's Fresh Lilac Look (FilthyGorgeousMakeup on Youtube)

Here is my interpretation of Natalya's fresh lilac look.
My Elizabeth Arden Radiant Mauve lip gloss worked perfectly with this look, although I should have reapplied before I took photos! Naughty me.

I will be doing FOTD posts more often now that I am in the swing of blogging.
-Lizy x

Apr 17, 2011

Product of the Day

If you have never tried the body butters from The Body Shop before, then I suggest you run out and get one pronto. I am in love with them. Well, more specifically, this one.
If you know me then you'll know I love any thing peachy.
(MAC Peachykeen blush, Clarins Peach Essential Water .... you get my drift)
The peach scent is so intense as well, it lasts on my skin for hours.
I warm the product up in my hands before applying to my skin just after I get out of the shower or bath (as with any moisturiser). I find that when my skin is still warm and slightly damp it absorbs better.

This product owes its consistency to the cocoa and shea butters it contains.
It literally melts into your skin and delivers great moisturising properties.
My skin is left smoothed, soft and glowing for hours.

What's your favourite Body Butter?

- Lizy x

Apr 16, 2011

French Fantasy

I love anything French. The language, culture, beauty products, perfume, Eiffel Tower, Paris, Provence, decor. You name it, I love it! I have loved France since I was 11 and my local school offered a term of lessons for $10. Off I went every Monday after school to attend many repetitive classes of 'qu'est-ce que c'est dans le sac?' and 'frere jacques'. Back then all I wanted to do was go to France on an exchange for a year. Sadly that never happened but I'm still eagerly awaiting the day I'll get to hop on that plane to Charles De Gaulle. In the meantime, I've kept my thirst for France quenched with books, products and trips to La Cloche .

On my dresser here you can see my framed picture of la Tour Eiffel, amongst many other goodies. My dresser is my favourite place to house all of my special bits and pieces. Well, that is until my vanity table arrives! How positively french of me to sit at a purpose-built table and set out all of my pretty things. I'm so excited!
What are you excited about?

- Lizy x

Apr 15, 2011

Pretty, Pretty Polish

(I spy with my little eye, a photo of my brother circa 1999)
Lately I've been making an extra large effort to keep my nails looking top-notch.
Really, it was an excuse to show off three of my new polishes!

I've been holding onto whatever is left of the summery weather by wearing gold, pink and a splash of green thrown in for good measure.
OPI's 'Up Front & Personal' and 'Strawberry Margarita' are two very fun shades.

Up Front & Personal is the first gold shade I've found that works well with my 'peaches and cream complexion'.
It's not too yellow, it's more of a white gold and I like that about it.

Sorry about the quality of this picture! Don't take photos at 11pm ha :)

Strawberry Margarita has quickly become my favourite pink. Very bright, fun and flirty!

'Thames' is the second polish I've purchased from the Butter London range. The first I bought was 'Tramp Stamp'. I bought that shade last year and haven't even used it yet! Oooops. *slaps wrist*. Must do.

Anyway, 'Thames' looks fab on me. It enhances my natural colouring and tbh just looks plain hot. Now I was a bit iffy about wearing a green polish to work, but this shade is all class baby. Very shimmery and well worth the moolah.
My only gripe with this is that three coats is imperative to achieve any sort of good result. Usually I'm a two-coat-and-go kinda gal.
Must learn to wait my patience.

Have you bought anything new lately?
- Lizy x
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