I've been loving skincare lately (more so than normal) and in the past maybe six months or so I've actually changed a few things up after using almost the same products everyday for years! Crazy, I know. I will talk peoples ears off about skincare, but when it came to my own I was a creature of habit.

I've always been fairly lucky in the skin department, but in a job that requires you to wear makeup every day, I've learnt that it's so important to take care of your skin regardless. If I'm not treating specific concerns like blemishes, I'm looking out for future me - future me is going to love past me. Approaching 30 means I am definitely starting to invest in those anti-ageing serums!

I've never had an extensive skincare regime - I do like to keep it pretty simple, and no I don't double cleanse! I do however like to have a couple of alternating serums, depending on my skin/concern/lazyness. As for eye creams? I know I should be using one, I even own a couple, but I always forget! An added 2017 resolution?

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil - You all know my love for the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm knows no limits, but when I ran out I reached for this oil cleanser to tide me over and accidentally fell in love. It's been sitting on the top shelf for (probably) too long, and I'm so glad I finally reached for it. Incredible for removing eye makeup, even the stubbornest of mascaras, and leaves my skin feeling clean and clear. No tightness after cleansing, no oily residue and it has a really nice calming scent. I'm sorry I left you on the shelf for so long, friend.

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme - For the nights I'm feeling a bit lazy, I'll use one of these guys. It's not the most active of peel pads, but it's still a little added exfoliation and is always a nice extra step following a cleanse. Glycolic Acid is a fantastic ingredient for so many different concerns, so I usually add it into my routine at least 4 times a week. These peel pads are easy to use, they smell amazing (like grapefruit!) and they're relatively cheap!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum - For added punch, I'll go for a dedicated serum like this one. This is a little stronger than the peel pads, but not the strongest on the market which I like as I feel like I can use it more often. If you were just getting into acids, or had more sensitive skin, this would be a really fantastic product to invest in. It's got a great mix of acids to really help buff and polish your skin for a brighter and more youthful appearance!

Ren Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial - This is an amazing alternative to Sunday Riley's Good Genes, if you are familiar. They both contain high percentages of Lactic Acid which is fantastic for all round benefits, just like Glycolic Acid, but with longer lasting results and generally less irritation. Probably not one for sensitive skin types, but for my concrete skin it's amazing. I'll use this maybe 3-4 times a week and you see results the next day. It is excellent, and if you want to have the full facial experience, I like to combine this with one of my other serums (either AHA based, or Retinol based).



Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Night Oil - This has easily become one of my favourite products ever. I am trying to convert every over 25yr old I know to start using this. I know in this blogging community that hyped products can often be disappointing and I am here to say that this is not one of them! Retinol is the king of anti-ageing ingredients and again, this is a product you will see results with quite quickly. I find this reduces my pore size AND smooths away any fine lines. I've always hated when makeup gets trapped in my smile lines and since using Luna, those smile lines have vanished. This is a particularly great product for those who have found other Vitamin A based products to be too irritating on their skin as Luna contains a trans-retinol esther which is basically a fancy derivative of retinol that can be used at higher percentages with less irritation to the skin. Win! The powerhouse combination is retinol and lactic acid, which is why the Ren Wake Wonderful and Luna is my new favourite lineup for nights when my skin needs a little pick me up. This was very much love at first sight!

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream - I've been using Origins for years and I just love all their products. I'd been using Night A Mins as my evening moisturiser for years, and only changed this up recently just to try something new, which is how I've come to fall in love with the Mega Mushroom Face Cream! I'm not one to rave about moisturisers - unless you have very parched skin I do find that most moisturisers do their job very well and therefore I don't tend to find better/worse ones. I do really love this one though, even though it might just be because it smells so, so good! Think natural, earthy, and Aesop. It's texture is rich, but not heavy. It feels soothing and calming and like a soft blanket at the end of the day, and it helps keep my redness at bay.

There you have it - I can't believe I had to edit this down, and I've still written so much! I love talking skin and ingredients and smells - I'm not an expert but it's definitely a bit of a passion of mine!

Have you guys tried any of these products? What are your thoughts? Let me know if you've tried anything recently that's blown your mind!


I'm a sucker for good packaging. Always have been, always will be. When my lovely friend gifted me this Grown Alchemist Manicure Set, I was impressed.

I'm not actually sure what the set was called, but it contains the Sweet Orange, Cedarwood & Sage Hand Wash, Hypericum Extract, Neem, Borage Cuticle Oil, and the Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream. It couldn't have been more timely, as my hands and nails were completely battered after a Christmas season in retail!

Grown Alchemist has been one of those brands us Aussies have seen countless times in Priceline or Department Stores, and it has only gotten better and better with time. With a vast array of botanicals available to us locally, it's no surprise that we excel in creating natural, botanical based skin care that works. I've only tried a few of their products before (I'm a big fan of the hand cream) but I'm here to tell you that they have been exceptional.

WHAT'S TO LOVE:

  • Australian made and manufactured. They source locally wherever possible and I wholly support home grown brands.
  • The packaging isn't just incredible to look at, it's also made of recyclable materials and premium PET plastic!
  • Made from natural ingredients that your skin is familiar with in order to best keep adverse reactions and ageing at bay.
  • It's 100% Organic
  • It's cruelty free, yay!
  • IT SMELLS SO GOOD
I'm not going to lie, I am obsessed with smelling my hands after I use the hand wash. I'm such a sucker for anything containing cedarwood - I just find that scent so comforting and fresh and calming! My hands have been absolutely loving this trio, my nails feel stronger and less brittle, and my hands haven't had that horrible parched feeling I've been experiencing in this dry heat! I also love that the hand cream doesn't sit on your hands and feel greasy - it sinks in quickly, but hydrates so well!

If you're a lover of Aesop, you will love Grown Alchemist. The hand wash looks soooo pretty in my bathroom, and you just know you're going to see that hand cream lingering in the background of all my photos!
When a brand with great packaging also happens to have incredible products, it's a win in my book.

Have you tried anything from Grown Alchemist? 

I don't know how I went nearly two months without a post here - must have something to do with the fact the end of 2016 flew by in a blink of an eye! It felt like I had such a crazy end to the year, which I guess comes with the nature of working in retail during Christmas trade! I also seemed to come down with quite a lot of sickness, which is not like me at all, and it kind of bummed me out a little!

I still had a nice Christmas though - it was just my Dad and I this year and although I did miss the buzz of having Christmas morning with all my family and my young nieces and nephews tearing through the presents under the tree, I have to admit it was nice to just chill out, eat some good food, and not have to worry about driving anywhere!
I am a HUGE Christmas person, I just love everything about it, and whilst it did feel very quiet around here (literally my blog AND my house) I just have to remember I have plenty more ahead of me!



And just like that, we welcomed 2017 and I really, genuinely felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I didn't particularly enjoy 2017 - I don't think I came close to achieving any of my 2016 goals, and that upset me probably a lot more than it should have! I feel like I have yet another fresh start, and I'm starting to realise (after 27 years of living - yes, I just turned 27 ughhhh) that I really need to face things with a lot more positivity, rather than hammering myself over and over again for 'failing'.

There's a lot of these posts floating around, because we all love a good cliche post, right? I like it though, it's good for me to write it all down and have it there as a record, and I'm not going to lie - I love having at look at everyone else's to see what everybody else has decided to work towards in the new year! I've rambled on enough though, so here are my goals and resolutions for 2017!

1. HEALTH

Last year I was determined to lose weight and decided that 2016 was the last year I was going to spend being unhappy with myself, physically and mentally. Unfortunately, I had quite a few road barriers that led to me being unable to even remotely get near completing this goal and it definitely had me feeling pretty disappointed. So this year, it has to be the absolute last year. I'm actually getting sick of hearing myself say it!

2. YOUTUBE

I'm starting to become a little bit addicted to making Youtube videos, and it's something I really want to focus on this year. I just love coming home from work and watching videos while I cook dinner, or when I get ready in the morning. I find it relaxing and enjoyable and so easy to watch, but I definitely still feel like there is SUCH a hole in the 'market' here in Australia. I would say I watch almost exclusively UK vloggers only, as I love their style and personalities and lifestyles, however the vloggers we have here in Australia are just not the same. I absolutely respect them for what they do - some are incredible makeup artists, it's just not my style and I wish we had some more relaxed Youtubers here in Oz! That's what got me started in the first place, and I really hope that people are enjoying what I put out! I'm still learning, but I'm loving the experience so far!

3. FINANCE

I have no problems admitting I stumbled across some financial problems in 2016 - I made a few mistakes and I have certainly been paying for them. To put it simply, I've put myself in a bit of debt and it's more than depressing. It's quite selfish - I just miss being able to buy a few treats every so often, and not feel guilty about it. I miss saving money...and going on amazing overseas trips. I miss having savings, full stop! I don't regret having a credit card - I do find it quite annoying when people boast about never having one and never being in debt blah blah blah. Good for you, but I love my credit card, and I'm sure the banks love me ha ha ha. I've done some amazing things the past two years like go on overseas trips and I bought myself a brand new car, but I really need to buckle down and just get it all paid off. Having it hang over your head is awful! I could possibly be making a move to Melbourne in the future, and I am really going to need some savings to purchase things like furniture and appliances!

4. HAVE A WHITE CHRISTMAS

This is all sort of depending on what happens with my job this year, but it's always been my DREAM to have a white Christmas. I blame Home Alone 2 for making it all look so pretty. As I work in retail, there is absolutely no way I can take time off at Christmas. However, this year might be the year I do something drastic and finally fulfill my dream! Of course, I'll need those savings to allow me to do this...and you know, I'd have to quit my job. We shall see what happens though - I'm thinking Sweden AND New York?! Crazy, I know.

5. GO OUT MORE AND BRING MY CAMERA

I am definitely inspired by Tamira at The Guilty Girl with her 'Things To Do' posts. I love that when she goes places, she notes down all the nice little things to see there, what to do, what to buy and most importantly...what to eat! So interesting! I'm going to try and do something similar myself, as I do go out to eat fairly often already...but I would love to make it a more solid thing, and expand it to places to visit too! I also don't get my camera out enough, or even reach for my iPhone that much. I used to take so many photos and now I feel like I barely do! I feel like this is something I would definitely love to work on this year as a little regular feature on here!

So, some pretty big goals there, but I feel like there's a good mix of 'challenging' and '100% doable' so I've got no excuses to feel productive and inspired this year! I like a good mix of big and small resolutions, so you at least feel like you can achieve something, and that keeps you going!

What about you guys, have you got anything you're going to work towards in 2017? Tell me everything. 

Another year, another round up of my favourite beauty products! I look forward to these every year - I think it's great to see people gather up the products they loved the most, as it gives me inspiration and maybe a little bit of a shopping list too! We all go through our monthly favourites, and phases where we love a product to bits, but I think when you look back at an entire years worth of products, you really realise what the real gems are.

Make sure you comment and let me know what your favourites were - I neeeeed ideas, new year...new makeup? I'm okay with that.



I would LOVE if you subscribed, 2017 is the year I start to work harder on putting more videos out, so make sure you don't miss out when I do!
Copyright Brodie Curnow 2014 ©. Powered by Blogger.