kjaer weis (not so) above and beyond

kjaer weiss above and beyond cream blush

kjaer weiss above and beyond cream blush

 

kjaer weis above and beyond cream blush

I purchased this for close to $70. And I was motivated to buy it because I loved the pinky coral color, it was green and the packaging was gorgeous (and refillable).

It was also the first – and last time – I would buy from Kjaer Weis.

WHY? you ask!

The color is gorgeous.

The texture is great for cheeks and eye lids, not so much for lips.

The packaging is smart , but a little heavy.

kjaer weis Cream Blush – Above and Beyond

BUT…

Please look closely at the images I took. When I received it, it had black spots on the surface. I know green products tend to ‘sweat’ a little, but they never have I opened one to find black spots like tiny mould! It is a very expensive product to receive it like that.

I EMAILED them straight away with images, but I NEVER RECEIVED A REPLY – wow right?!

I used it TWICE after wiping the top layer off.  But they come back again. Its winter here and dry, so it hasn’t been subject to humid wet conditions to make it mould. I have come to the conclusion that it is a bad formulation. I am not comfortable that this product produces those black spots. So it has been disposed off right after taking these images.

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MY CONCLUSION

Green beauty is great, but there needs to be standards to ensure products have a reasonable life span from time of manufacture to time the item actually gets into the hands of a consumer for use.

This particular Kjaer Weis product I purchased is not of that standard. Unfortunately they chose to ignore my one and only email to them. I don’t know if the other products in the Kjaer Weis line are the same, but I am not enticed to try them either.

So please check carefully before buying anything. Hope this helps if you have been thinking of purchasing this particular product.

With reservations,

All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus.

xx

 

 

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Caudalie #SuperActiv New serum

caudalie vine activ glow activating anti-wrinkle serum

caudalie vine activ glow activating anti-wrinkle serum

 CAUDALIE VINE[ACTIV] GLOW-ACTIVATING ANTI-WRINKLE SERUM

I couldn’t resist the purchase after viewing their cool short clips filmed in Paris, New York and Shanghai.

The ad does such a great job at capturing the “on-the-go” lifestyle and is exactly who this product is geared towards – busy urban dwellers who don’t want to compromise their skin quality from daily environmental aggressions from city living – pollution, uv.

After using this product for a couple of weeks, I do believe it is a get up and go LIGHT serum but one that has GOOD ABSORPTION. It can be LAYERED or used by itself if you have oily tendencies. I find this best in SUMMER because my skin requires much more hydration especially in the cold weather. So I layered mine.   The SCENT is refreshing and zingy – I therefore use this as in the AM ontop of their Elixir to start the day!

Big pluses: It contains Vit C, Polyphenols (antioxidant, anti-wrinkle), Hyaluronic acid, Vit E.  AND it does so without a long list of ingredients (see at end of post).

Texture is very light and easily absorbed (see pics below):

INGREDIENTS (extracted from their website here):  AQUA/WATER/EAU, SQUALANE*, BUTYLENE GLYCOL*, GLYCERIN*, C14-22 ALCOHOLS*, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ASCORBYL TETRAISOPALMITATE, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), TOCOPHEROL*, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE*, PALMITOYL GRAPE SEED EXTRACT*, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE*, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, PHENYLPROPANOL, PICEA ABIES EXTRACT*, PROPANEDIOL*, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM*, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM PHYTATE*, CITRIC ACID* (193/031)
* Origine végétale – Plant origin – Origem vegetal – Origen vegetal.

 

caudalie vine activ glow activating anti-wrinkle serum

Have you tried this serum yet?

Enjoy

All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus.

xx

GREENER…FOR HEALTH AND FOR YOUR GLOW!

NutriBullet 1000W

 

NutriBullet 1000W

NutriBullet – not a craze!!

I purchased a NutriBullet 1 week ago in a bid to motivate myself and totally REBOOT my health whilst on uni vacay.

The model I bought was the NutriBullet 1000W.

How it works:

It is very intuitive

(1) Top up with your desired ingredients to the max line on the cups (I must admit I’ve gone beyond the limit on many occasions as you can see from above – but just be careful about doing so, because the maximum line on the cups account for space required by the actual blending part when you cap the lid on!).

(2) Plug it in and flip the switch, it automatically blitzes and about 1 min it will automatically stop.

Pro’s

  • Space saving design
  • Very simple to use and very simple to clean (no need to take apart everything to clean!)
  • Claim’s to extract the nutrients and optimize nutrition obtained from your juices (I have no way to test this out, so I will trust they’ve done all their research).
  • Very easy to make any creation you like whether its water based or milk based.

Con’s

  • It is a little louder and I didn’t use any ice cubes – so noise level might be slightly up if you do blitz very solid items.
  • The main negative I noticed is that the juice tends to heat up, and I believe it is from the transfer of heat from the actual extraction cutters motor part of the Nutribullet. All my ingredients aren’t at room temperature, they were taken from the fridge, cut and placed directly into the cups. So I think it is heat from the motor which causes the top of the juice to be slightly warm when you drink it straight from the NutriBullet cup.
  • As part of the heat generated from the motor running the extraction cutters, it therefore forms a slight suction, which I imaging will be more if you are blitzing a hot soup! So just a little caution to slowly open the lid after blitzing is complete!

Overall 

Overall I’ve been super happy with the NutriBullet. Besides the first few sips being warm from the processing, it is very easy to use – especially for those who have busy mornings, or like efficiency! I have been using this for the week since I got it and have not found it inconvenient to use/clean. So I will be happily using this daily from now on. I will update here again, it any other thoughts come up!

To finish I’d like to share my green juice recipe with you.

NutriBullet 1000W

Makes the perfect single serve

Use the 500ml short cup

1/2 Granny Smith

1/2 Kiwi

1/4 Cucumber

1 Generous handful of spinach

6 small leaves of fresh mint.

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Filtered water

Method: (1) Put all the above ingredients into the NutriBullet Short Cup. (2) Then fill with water to about 1/2 way up to the ‘max’ line of the cup. If the contents have exceeded the max line, I push down on the ingredients a little to make sure the cutter cap can be screwed on easily without pressure. (3) Now plug in, turn on the switch, and it will do the rest itself. (4) ENJOY!

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Have you had any experiences with the NutriBullet? What did you like/dislike about it?

All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus.

xx

 

Antipodes Moisture Boost lipstick

antipodes moisture boost lipstick west coast sunset

Antipodes Moisture Boost Lipstick 

Shade: West Coast Sunset

I am clearly on a winner with Antipodes beauty range at the moment!

Price-point: I purchased this lipstick from local department store for A$29 – which is a very reasonable price for a beauty brand makeup which is both natural and scientifically proven.  This is the main reason I love Antipodes plus they work and don’t sensitize my skin.

Color: Classic orange-red. This is great to match in winter when you skin is a shade lighter and is super sultry in summer when your skin has a slight golden tan. For me this color exudes a “nouveau red carpet glamour” (I reserve the blue based reds for the classic old school glamourous Hollywood screen siren look).

Below are pictures worn on in day light and room light & swatched under daylight and room light.

Application: One swipe is not enough to show color. I have come to the conclusion this is due to the fact that this smart lipstick has all the properties of a moisturizing lip balm. Yet with a few swipes, you get lasting opaque color.  Now that is science at its best – a truly hydrating lipstick which actually keeps color on your lips throughout the day.

Scent: There is virtually no scent to this but for a hint of balm like scent. Certainly there is no chemically or artificial scent because this product is made from natural ingredients rather than artificial substances.

Ingredients: I like how they’ve playfully dubbed this as “I’m so healthy you could almost eat me” – to some extent it is true – look at their ingredients below.  Plus look how cute their packaging is and it is 100% recyclable).

Final words: I think it is abundantly clear that this Antipodes Moisture Boost Lipstick range is a winner for me. This is a brand which is scientific, they do their research, they use the best naturally derived ingredients, and they are thoughtful about the environment and space we live on.  You can’t get better than a brand which respects the abundant resources nature gives us. I’m a proud supporter of this brand, and hope they continue to keep green innovating. Which color to try next is the burning question?!

Have you tried any Antipodes products – what were your thoughts? Leave a comment below or pm me. Thank you and have a great day everyone 🙂

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Enjoy

xx

All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus