Nov 21, 2012

Review: Argania Range

 Moisture Repair Shampoo 250ml* $19.99
Moisture Repair Conditioner 250ml $19.99
Pure Moroccan Argan Oil 20ml* $24.99
Moroccan Argan Hair Treatment Oil 5ml* $5.99

A while back I purchased the Argania Moisture Repair Conditioner with one of my $20 Farmers Club reward vouchers as I was on the hunt for an Argan oil based conditioner without the million dollar price tag. Let me tell you, for $20 you get a lot of bang for your buck. I've just finished up my bottle now and I've been using it for months. I emailed Argania to tell them how much I loved their conditioner and if they would be interested in me reviewing the entire range.

I was kindly sent the other three products in the range (one little travel size hair oil comes free with a full size pure oil, more on that later) to try so I could get the full Argania experience. 

The products are formulated without a ton of chemicals (parabens, SLS and propylene glycol) and you can read the ingredients list in under 30secs! What they do contain is the much talked about organic Moroccan Argan oil. This oil du jour is packed full of vitamin e, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and does all manner of things such as repairing, restoring and moisturising. The oil is extracted from the kernals that grow on the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco and it is sustainably harvested.

This duo is responsible for the shiny hair that I've been rocking lately. The Moisture Repair Shampoo gives your hair that 'squeaky clean' feeling when you wash with it, something that I personally like. Because it's formulated without all those nasties, your hair doesn't get coated in chemicals which normally make it 'feel' nice. Due to the fact that your hair isn't coated in chemicals with this shampoo, the Moisture Repair Conditioner actually has a chance to penetrate fully into the hair shaft. The Moisture Repair Shampoo does contain Argan oil, Macadamia oil and Jojoba oil, which are all revered for their nourishing qualities. I like that these oils are in this shampoo because I don't believe that nourishment should only come from your conditioner. I think it's important to treat your hair right through your whole routine which is why I love this entire range.

The Moisture Repair Conditioner is extremely softening and nourishing and contains Sweet Almond oil, Argan oil, Manuka honey, Keratin and proteins. It smells like a vanilla cupcake and is creamy but not thick. I still think the conditioner is my favourite product in the range and now that it's finished I really need to get my hands on another one because my other conditioners are just not doing the job.
Look how shiny it leaves my hair.

I use a 20c-50c coin amount of shampoo in the shower first thing after I've soaked my hair. I give it a good scrub, being careful not to pull my hair up onto my head (I heard that this can cause split ends and it's best not to do it). It doesn't lather up a whole lot and this is due to that lack of chemicals (that's a good thing, shampoo doesn't need to lather up to work well). Once it's rinsed out I use a 20c coin amount of conditioner and work it through the length of my hair. I don't use a lot on my scalp area because I have quite fine hair and need a little help in the volume department. This conditioner doesn't weigh my hair down but I still don't like to put a whole lot of product there. I leave the conditioner in for the rest of my shower and rinse it out 5-10mins later when I'm ready to get out. I've always done this (like, since I was 10) and it really makes a difference. Why would you apply it and then rinse it off straight away?  It hasn't had any time to absorb!

When I get out of the shower I gently towel-dry my hair and let it air for about 5 mins. Then I apply a 5c coin amount of the Argan Hair Treatment oil, starting at my ends and then working up with whatever product is left. It's quite a quick-absorbing product, you definitely won't feel like you've got oil in your hair all day. What you will get is shine and softness! I swear this product makes all the difference. I'm going to let you in on a little secret, I haven't trimmed my hair since June. I don't have obvious amounts of split ends, I know that it needs a little trim to look a little healthier but these products have severely lengthened my necessary time between haircuts.

If I feel like my skin needs a little pick-me-up then I'll apply a couple of drops of the Pure Argan oil treatment to my face. This product is the only Argania product that is suitable for the face. It's 100% pure certified organic Argan oil and is amazing as a treatment for the skin. It has all the beneficial vitamins and antioxidants that I listed above and is fantastic at anti-ageing. It smoothes, nourishes and gets rid of any dry bits on my face. It's not oily and it absorbs quickly. If you've been using Rosehip oil and are looking for a change then give this one a try, for a similar price. I've actually used this as a little cuticle treatment at night before bed and on occasion as a concentrated dose for the ends of my hair. Multi-use wins in my book! Argania have included a free 5ml travel size of the Hair Treatment in the box with the Pure Argan oil which is perfect if you're going away and don't want to take the larger bottle (full size 100ml $34.99). This little size lasted me a long time, because you're only using a tiny amount each time. It's time for me to invest in the larger size!

A bit of a long review this time but I had a lot to cover! Do you guys love Moroccan Argan oil as much as I do? 
If you're looking for more info go and check out Argania's:

Website here
Facebook Page here

Lizy xx

Nov 20, 2012

Big News....

I've got some big news to share!

Can you guess what it is?

- No, I'm not pregnant.
- No, we aren't engaged.
- No, we haven't bought a house with Monopoly money.

I'm going back to study!

I'm enrolled at Massey University to study a Bachelor of Communication with a major in Journalism and a minor in Media Studies. Hopefully this will lead me down the path of my life-long dream of becoming a Beauty Editor for a nice glossy magazine!

Hopefully the study I've already done won't completely go to waste and I'll be able to get some papers credited. 

A little freaked out about being that slightly older student in the class, but I know it's the right decision for my life and it took a while to get there!

I hope you'll wish me luck for my return to student life next year. I might even be here with some budget-conscious beauty advice!

Au revoir beauties!
Lizy xx

Nov 19, 2012

Review: Linden Leaves

 Miraculous Facial Oil 25ml* $49.99
Regenerating Elixir 15ml* $49.99
Moisture Replenishing Masque 55ml* $29.99

I've been using these Linden Leaves products for a few months now so I thought it was time to review them for you. I was kindly sent three products from their newest skincare line to try and give my thoughts on. I knew it had to be amazing because I heard that Rachel Hunter herself approached the brand about how much she loved their products. She is the now the face of Linden Leaves (and a beautiful one at that!).

Straight away I was impressed by the packaging and look of the products. Good quality paper packaging (recyclable), neutral colour scheme (I don't generally like to use skincare that comes in a fluoro green package) and practical containers for the products themselves. I love serums/elixirs in pump containers, it keeps the air from ruining the product and it lasts longer. It also dispenses the exact right amount each time. Glass dropper bottles are perfect for oils as you only need two drops for your entire face. Glass feels luxurious as well and the opacity of this container means that the light can't alter and ruin the oil.

You guys know that I truly believe in the power of plants to deliver miracle results when applied to the skin and this range was no exception. I normally use more natural products as I feel better about not applying a ton of chemicals onto my face. These Linden Leaves products are natural, cruelty free, contain no: parabens, SLS, synthetic colours or fragrances and is made in New Zealand. I feel like we are  blessed to live in New Zealand where we can so easily access good skincare ranges such as this one. But also, companies these days need to be commended for international shipping and international stockists. Everyone in the world needs these products in their lives!

This Regenerating Elixir is a concentrated treatment that helps to minimise the appearance of elemental damage, fine lines and wrinkles. It's got organic white tea in it for it's antioxidant and regenerating value. Kiwifruit extract helps defend against visible signs of ageing and rosehip oil restores and plumps the skin. Many other ingredients combine in this formula like vitamin c, chamomile, licorice and shea butter to moisturise, firm and renew the skin. I use this product as shown above, one pump mixed in with my normal daily moisturiser. I think it packs a powerful punch when combined like this and lasts longer than if I was using 2 pumps of the product alone. I feel like I'm getting the best of both worlds when I combine the Regenerating Elixir like this, I've also mixed it with a little of the Miraculous Facial Oil (divine!) and a little with the Moisture Replenishing Masque. I definitely notice the difference after I've used this. I'm not supposed to be getting fine lines/wrinkles at my age but working in an air-conditioned environment has taken its toll, particularly on my forehead. It plumps my skin and feels much smoother. I also notice a subtle glow as well, the perfect base before light makeup application. One of the best things about this Elixir for me is the the smell, it smells like you're rubbing a fresh rose petal over your face, which I love! For me, a products smell is a make or break thing, and this product gets a thumbs up.

The Miraculous Facial Oil turned out to be my favourite product of the three. Although I wouldn't classify my skin as dry, I would definitely say it has a tendency to be dehydrated. Again with the air-conditioning thing! A couple of drops of this spread over my face at night smoothes over any rough spots and in the morning my face is plumped and the texture has improved. I always feel that oils are one of the purer products of a range too and this one is no exception. It has a base of rosehip and evening primrose oils which are fantastic for anti-ageing, improving skin tone/scarring, nourishing and healing. White tea, vanilla, tonka bean, mandarin and sandalwood extracts are then added to do some serious healing, brightening, softening and regenerating. I love to use this on its own or mixed in with my moisturiser. Again, I like being able to mix a couple of products together to get the best of both worlds. In a pinch I've actually used a little of this product to rub into my cuticles! 1 drop will pretty much do all of your nails and get them looking healthy in no time at all, your cuticles will thank you for it. This product looks beautiful on my vanity too, can't complain about that.

This Moisture Replenishing Masque is actually a little bit special. You apply a decent layer to your face whenever you need a pick-me-up and leave it. It doesn't set. How amazing is that? You can put it on and eat your breakfast at the same time. One turn off for me of some masks is how they set and then your pretty much stuck for 15mins, you can't talk or do anything else that uses your face muscles and lets face it, you look a little ridic! This one is as good as invisible. It's pretty much magic. If, like me, you get a little dry/dehydrated sometimes then this product is a god-send! I apply a layer first, and If I've been a bit naughty and not used it for a few weeks, it soaks in straight away. That's how I know I've got dehydrated skin. Then I apply another layer about 2mins later. You can leave it on for about 15mins and then rinse with warm water or you can do what I do and leave it on for an hour plus. It says on the box that you can leave it on overnight. It won't harm your skin at all, in fact your skin will be that much more amazing in the morning. But remember, I said it's pretty much invisible so you can pop it on and do your house work for a couple of hours. No one will know, except for the gorgeous glow you'll be rocking. It contains green tea (a super antioxidant), chamomile (soothes and reduces puffiness), fennel (to rejuvenate) and manuka (healing). Use it once a week for best results. You can keep this in the fridge over summer for a super-cooling treatment or just use a little on cotton pads over your eyes to reduce puffiness. 

I love how multi-use these Linden Leaves products are. All in all I'm very happy with them and would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting skin as gorgeous as Rachel Hunter's! 

These products are widely available. If you'd like to know a little bit more about the brand then check out their:

Website here
Facebook page here

Have a great week! I'll be back soon with some life updates and more reviews soon.
Lizy xx
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