*review & pics: griffin+row – cleanse and exfoliate skin cleanser cream and natural exfoliant cloth

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I came across Griffin+Row some years ago when I didn’t know the difference between concealer and corrector. It is a home-grown Aussie brand that focuses on skin care that is designed to be as natural as possible. When G+R reached out to me to see if I’d like to try some of their products, I immediately leaned towards the cleanser because I was looking for something non-drying as we slowly shook off winter’s chill. Enter Cleanse and Exfoliate, the cream cleanser and matching exfoliating cloth from G+R.

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*review & pics: griffin+row – cleanse and exfoliate skin cleanser cream and natural exfoliant cloth

1000 words: sweet gifts

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because friends don’t let friends run around with dry skin
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q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

img_2256-7This is a cheap-as-chips DIY facial treatment that will give you beautiful, glowy skin in about 10 minutes. And radiant, clear skin with regular use over time. I was inspired by fellow blogger Sabiscuit, who is not only supremely creative but has this natural skincare thing down pat.

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q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

q&d | the oil you should be using right now

We live in a time where, every day, there is something new being touted as the next super-whatever: super food, super drug, super treatment.

Oils, and especially argan oil, have been enjoying quite a surge in popularity and rightly so. They have been used since the dawn of time for their healing and nutritive properties. I’m here to tell you about one such oil that has been quietly overachieving for centuries and how you should make it part of your daily routine.

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q&d | the oil you should be using right now

review & pics: la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

la roche posay effaclar duo [+]
la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

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review & pics: la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

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aesop facial purifying exfoliant paste

Aesop is an Australian production that has been around for nearly three decades. It boasts high-grade, potent ingredients that are both safe and effective.

I’ve walked past many an Aesop boutique and liberally used some of their hand balms from the tester bottles. I have combination skin that handles exfoliation well but with winter approaching, and the recent disposal of my microbead cleansers, I thought I might do something different with my skin without drying it out. A trip to Myer ensued and here we are.

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review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

microbeads: going against the grain – a poll

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microbeads are everywhere

Lately, microbeads have been doing the rounds in my news feed. A more palatable name for polyethylene or polypropylene, these little nubs are a common ingredient in many face/ body scrubs, toothpaste and exfoliants. Essentially a plastic (and the same that is used to make a lot of takeaway and supermarket containers), these microbeads are so small that they don’t get picked up by filtering systems when sewerage is treated.
The result? The microbeads end up in our water systems and are consumed by fish and other animals. If this isn’t alarming you enough, consider that you are fairly high up the food chain and there is every likelihood that you may be consuming toxic plastic too.

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microbeads: going against the grain – a poll