Beauty Finds: Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds! This edition is Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Multipurpose Soothing Balm With Natural PawPaw. 

First up some clarification. I got this confused with the Australian version of this balm. I’d heard a lot about Lucas Pawpaw Ointment, an Aussie cult classic and all sense of it’s plastic don’t get it went out of my head seeing it in Urban Outfitters. I wanted to try it! The ingredients are good, clean, natural. I finally get to try a cult classic! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my beauty finds requirements. 

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Beauty Finds: Respire Apple And Pomegranate Deodorant Stick Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition is Respire Apple and Pomegranate Deodorant Stick.

I did for a while make my own deodorant until convenience won. I’d been using Respire Fleur d’Oranger Orange Blossom Natural deodorant which I liked. It wasn’t heavy feeling, wasn’t sticky, 99% natural and clean ingredients, but still got a little stinky the end of the day. Respire do refills, yet at the end of the day it’s still plastic. This was a little guilt trip as I started making my own to save on plastic. Sephora’s travel and mimi products stand by the cash desk did their thing when I saw Respire now do a plastic free option. Of course I had to try it! Skip a paragraph for the review or read on about my beauty product requirements. 

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Respire Apple and Pomegranate Deodorant Stick

First up as mentioned it’s 100% plastic free. The tube is cardboard and the label isn’t plastic cover paper. It’s all cardboard. There isn’t a plastic seal, neither is the base of the deodorant. No packing carton, just the deodorant as it is on sale. It works by manually pushing up from the base when needed. It’s extremely long lasting too, about 4-5 months which is great value for money at 50g for €11.90 or €3 a month from Sephora España. Respire’s own site it’s the same price with discount on bundles.   

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Beauty Finds: Sioris Fresh Moment Cleansing Oil Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition features perhaps one of my favourite Korean skincare brands, Sioris and their Fresh Moment Cleansing Oil.

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Sioris Fresh Moment Cleansing Oil

A lightweight cleansing oil with Safflower seed oil that gently melts away makeup and diary dirt, while Sweet almond oil and Jeju Camellia oil leaving the skin supple, hydrated and nourished. 

Directions. Gently massage a small amount of cleansing oil over dry skin. Add elate to emulsify and continue to massage into the skin. Lastly, rinse with warm water.

I accidentally purchased this by mistake. I was previously using Urang Natural Cleansing Oil, and while I’m a true Taurus loyal, every now and then the rebel Taurean in me wants to try something new with huge inner turmoil that I’m switching products and brands. For a while I had switched to Sioris Day By Day Cleansing Gel and to be honest I didn’t notice that I’d switched products until working out what to buy one month, I was oh, there’s 2 and I’ve used both which explains why the lid are different! I honest thought they’d just changed packaging and put the price up. They’ve since switched the gel cleanser to a pump version.

After realising this and going back to repurchase I remember the Miin Sales Assistant saying there’s not much difference between Sioris and Urang’s oil cleansers with Sioris having 50ml more. To be honest I can’t remember what the gel version was like. I do remember that if you used hands instead of a make up remover pad it did get a little messy and if it got in the eyes stung a little.

Sioris is a brand I really like. A few products I haven’t liked however the majority I’ve tried I do. All the ingredients are clean, they favour natural ingredients and use in some products seasonal ingredients. I cleanse with firstly an oil based cleaner to remove make up and sunscreen then a foam based cleanser to removed the ‘water’ based dirt which is still Urang Creamy Foam Bubble Cleanser! That foam cleanser is the icing on the cake to the Sioris’s oil cleanser! 

Since I switched out Urang Natural Cleansing Oil for Sioris Fresh Moment Cleaning Oil, I think my skin has actually been better (even if I crash and sleep in makeup some night. I know, I know.) with less blackheads and acne in general unless my nutrition isn’t so good. While both are the same price, €29.95 you get 50ml more with Sioris. Fresh Moment Cleansing Oil feels like it’s wiping away make up and sunscreen. It’s oily without being too oily. It also removes oil well too. When I do facial exercises I use an almond and rosehip oil so my face can get urgh sometimes. I remove it massaging this cleansing oil and it cuts right through the almond and rosehip oil before the foam cleanser. Fight oil with oil right?! 

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Beauty Finds: Urang Yuja Vita Ampoule (vs Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum) Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds! This edition is all Vitamin C. Urang’s Yuja Vita Ampoule with a little comparison to Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum. Scroll down a paragraph for the review. 

As usual I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

Urang Yuja Vita Ampoule

A milky-textured ampoule containing Geoje Island’s* organic Yuja is know to be richer in vitamin C than other citrus fruits. a synergy recipe of orange Yuja Water, Yuja Essential Oil, and brightening ingredient Aplha-bisbolol, the ampule gives vitality, brightening and elasticity. Fully energise dull skin and experience the fresh scent of Yuja. 

For a few years I’ve been using Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum and I didn’t think I would switch to another vitamin C serum. It probably isn’t necessary to use one, but this girl likes to have a little glow and smooth skin. I prefer to spend money on skincare than makeup so I’m willing to spend a little more as eating healthy only goes so far. Sometimes your skin needs a little extra help dealing with daily pollution, lights, blue light, easing the appearance of lines which is where vitamin C comes in. More info here

I think you know when you’re considering switching products when you start to question a current product or look at others. I was getting little tired of Kora Organics prices and that for the price and the care of the environment, the Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum is all packaged in plastic, which is surprising considering Kora Organics is all about organic ingredients and it’s expensive. Urang Yuja Vita Ampoule, isn’t. The bottle’s glass, the dropper’s glass with the only plastic being the lid and dropper cradle. Kora Organics however recently announced more products like their Noni facial oil and eye oil will now be in glass bottles or more easily recyclable and reusable packaging. While my skin had glow using it, Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum also made my skin at times feel tight and dry. 

I was eyeing up Urang Yuja Vita Ampoule debating to try it as the price while is less expensive than the Noni Bright Vitamin C serum for a product you might not like it’s expensive. Thankfully Miin Cosmetics, yes my favourite skincare shop in Barcelona, had a Spring 20% off sale. Thankfully too it was for a week so I could ask for a small sample to try if I took in my own pot. From the sample I noticed that it was more hydrating, my skin had a little something something going on and purchased the full size bottle.

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Beauty Finds: Honest Beauty Magic Gel-To-Milk Cleanser Review

Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition Honest Beauty Magic Gel-to-Milk Cleanser.

I have a few requirements when it comes to cosmetics and skin care: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid the nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products with these ingredients in I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

I’ll be straight up honest (no pun!) I didn’t like this cleanser. Maybe I’m biased towards Korean cleansers but this I felt didn’t clean my skin at all. I gave it a few days but I could tell on the first use, it wasn’t removing make up. I think I applied it twice each use. On Honest Beauty it’s recommend to apply like a cleansing balm which then foams a little as on Honest Beauty videos. I found it didn’t foam or get milk like colour. It says avoid contact with eyes and on its video it removed eye makeup or what looks like eyeliner. Let’s just say it stings like a MF if it gets in your eyes thanks to the rose water! It blotchy removed eyeliner and mascara and left my skin feeling striped bare dry still with make up residue on. I think I ended up using it as shower gel.

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