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Ages ago, I was sent some Wotnot Facial Wipes for review. I’d never heard of that Australian company, so I was very intrigued. I was pretty skeptical, because facial wipes seem to be just another product that all beauty magazines started chirping about at the same time, and because hey, don’t we all have access to facecloths and water anyway?
Then I moved into a house with a tiny sink that’s wedged in an awkward corner and has no hot water. And I started drinking a lot. Well okay, I’ve always been a drinker. But being able to take your makeup off without having to get all twisted up and splashed and soaked as one does? Genius. I have to admit, I am not a facial wipe expert, but these are soft, smell good and don’t leave my skin screaming to be moisturised – although I do follow up with moisturiser, because my face skin is pretty dry.
WOTNOT knows this and has produced a facial wipe so natural your skin will love it as much as you do. WOTNOT facial wipes use a 100% natural cloth which is luxuriously soft and pampering. Our formula is enriched with all natural ingredients including Australian certified organic aloe vera to lubricate and repair, certified organic sweet almond oil to restore lost moisture and calm itch and inflammation, and certified organic rosehip oil for skin regeneration and moisture re-balancing. The certified organic jojoba oil base is easily absorbed to condition skin and eyelids making lashes more lush, while the naturally sourced nutrients like Vitamin E help to heal, nourish and protect leaving the skin smooth, supple and glowing.
They don’t actually remove all makeup – my Maybelline eyeliner and mascara are both apparently made of platinum or something, because I’ve gone swimming for hours in
them without it budging, but I like the look of second-day eyeliner anyway. So if you’re looking for an easy way to clean your face that doesn’t make you feel like you’re cleaning a baby’s ass, I definitely recommend these Wotnot wipes.
I had been trying to wait until I got some decent pictures of me wearing the Karen Murrell lipstick range before I posted about them, but my lack of camera has ruined that idea, and since during March at Farmers you can get two for the price of one ($25!) I must tell you about them right now!
So, let’s talk lipsticks! Obviously, you need to try lipsticks on to see if they suit you, and not just on the back of your hand. We can’t recommend that you buy these without trying them on, but we absolutely confidently can recommend that you give them a go. The first thing that you’ll notice is the smell. Like all the rest of the Karen Murrell product range, these lipsticks smell amaaaaaaaaaaazing. In fact, ever since I got them, I have been shoving them under people’s noses going “here, smell this!”. There’s no aroma of crayons or chemicals like some brands (cough Revlon cough) give off. There’s a very good reason for that, if you’ll allow me to quote here:
A woman consumes an average of nearly two kilograms of lipstick during her lifetime through drinking, eating and kissing – so keep lipstick natural! KM Lipsticks are made totally of natural ingredients. They do not contain any mineral oils, animal based material, parabens or preservatives.
In fact, their active ingredients are Candelilla wax, Evening Primrose oil (so I like to pretend that wearing this lipstick will help my PMS) and castor oil. You probably don’t want to eat two kilos of Karen Murrell in a sitting, but I can’t imagine that you’d do that anyway. What these ingredients mean is that the lipstick goes on really smoothly, and doesn’t dry out your lips at all. You’ll want to top up every hour for optimum colour and coverage, especially if you’re eating or drinking, but that’s true of everything I’ve ever worn anyway. And because we’re truly hardcore here at Pretty Pretty Pretty (and not because I am an idiot or anything, honest!), I tested the lipsticks in EXTREME conditions. They held up to being put through the washing machine, being carted around in a hot bra and having their lid jammed on while still wound up just fine. You might want to avoid leaving them in the sun for days though or they’ll get a tiny bit out of shape. But now onto the colours themselves!
First up we have Cordovan Natural. This is a little bit brown. I find it’s the perfect lipstick to wear to job interviews, because it’s obvious that you’re actually wearing lipstick so you’ve made an effort, but, like the name says, it looks really natural. Of course, I have yet to actually get a job whilst wearing it, but I suspect that has more to do with the job market than my lipstick choice.
Next up is Red Shimmer. This one is my total fav. You might remember how Megan finally helped me fufil last year’s fashion goal of wearing red lipstick with her MAC expertise? I recommend beginners start with one instead! It’s a little orangey, so better for those with yellow skintones rather than blues though. I can apply it without needing a mirror because the shimmer is more forgiving than a matte, it looks softer and doesn’t bleed. Shortly after I got this lipstick I had already put a deep curve in it, so often did I wear it. And if you’re into what your lipstick shape says about you, you’ll see that means I’m “Creative, Enthusiastic, energetic, Talkative, Loves attention, Falls in love easily, Helpful”, all of which sum up this site quite nicely too, right?
Next up is the Pink Starlet. Apparently our red lipstick queen Megan is all about the Pink now, and this one got her seal of approval. I’m not entirely sure it’s the right colour for me, because I am yellowy, but pink lipstick is definitely hot right now, and this would be a lovely one to start with.
The Violet Mousse is another subtle one that’s good for job interviews, or for wearing during the day if you’re the sort of person who wears makeup during the day. Again, I’m not certain that it’s right for me, but I think it’s a lovely shade and I wish it was!
Great to use overnight as an intense lip treatment. Use over lipstick as a lip-gloss and lip plumper. Creates a protection barrier against harsh weather, hot or cold. Tame unruly eyebrows. Small in size and it will not spill. Take it anywhere!
I’m definitely a fan of this range, and I’m hopeful that one day there might be even more colours (I’d love a dark lipstick), but this is a great starter palate. They’re great value for money at $25 each, and getting two for $25 is insanely great, so please, do go to a Farmers during March, try them on, and if the colours are right for you, you should stock up!
I heard all about the benefits of using essential oils on skin from Eleanor Laban, creator of hair product Dollop. Ages ago I interviewed her because she has particularly good skin and I wanted to know her secret. The podcast of my interview is here – you should have a listen because she’s an interesting lady.
Before I started using it, I expected it to make my skin oily and cause my make-up to look greasy or slide around. But not so. It sinks into my skin remarkably fast. I even follow the oil with A’kin moisture cream and it too sinks in. And I can follow up with my usual make-up.
I use it twice daily and will continue to use it.
I’ve also been using A’kin facial scrub. It’s not all that gentle though – I prefer really gentle scrubs.
Anyway, here are the benefits of Rosehip Oil as I see them:
- Natural. It’s just one ingredient – organic rosehip oil. No worries about parabens and sulphates and the like.
- It’s cheap. Compared to other moisturisers it’s actually quite cheap. A bottle like I bought lasts months and months because you only use a few drops each times.
- It makes my skin feel really soft and smooth. I think it’s evened out my skin too – no dry or oily patches any more.
- It’s versatile. I use it on my dry, itchy legs after shaving and on my finger nail cuticles.
And I have a tip for application. Rub a few drops into your hands and then press both your hands vertically onto your cheeks for a few moments. Then move your hands so one is pressed on your forehead and the other over your chin and mouth. So you’re just pressing and holding letting the oil seep into you skin. This seems to work much better than rubbing it into face and is much gentler.
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This past Monday, Amy and I decided to put our money where our mouths are, sort of. We can sit here and write about products until the cows come home, but who are we to judge if we’re not being judged ourselves? And so, with that in mind, I rounded up an assortment of goodies and headed off to Amy’s house so that we could make some beauty products
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First up, we found a recipe for bath bombs online and decided to make super moisturising bombs. We were a little limited in that Newtown New World didn’t have any citric acid, so we had to make do with one container of it. So, for our first batch, we mixed together a third of a cup of citric acid, a third of a cup of milk powder, and a third of a cup of baking soda. This had to be mixed and mixed and mixed until there were no more lumps. Then we added in a teaspoon of grapeseed oil, a drop of food colouring, a teaspoon (actually way more, by accident) of Rose Water (from the Med. Warehouse – good in cocktails too!) and spritzes of water until it started bubbling. In fact, it bubbled far too much. We decided to use ice trays as moulds, but it kept bubbling up and up until eventually we decided to roll the cubes into balls and put them in muffin trays instead. And then they kept on rising. I’m sure they’ll be great in the bath though, even though they don’t look so pretty.
We made our second batch with almond oil, no food colouring and some mango tea leaves for scenting. These ones were far far dryer, and so we packed them into muffin paper cases. I think we need to find a balance between the two levels of moistness!
After we were done experimenting with bath bombs, we moved to my brilliant Gosh You Scrub Up Nicely Sugar Scrub – just mix sugar with grapeseed or light olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil if you have it (or a tiny drop of essential oil if you fancy a different scent). This scrub exfoliates and moisturises at the same time, and is magic before shaving your legs, and on elbows and heels. If you don’t have the ingredients to make it, well, you just might get lucky and win some from us…