Friday, June 28, 2013

Crabtree & Evelyn - Ulta-moisturising hand therapy: LILY [Review]

Welcome back to my blog Beauty Lovers!

The product that I am reviewing today is my current favourite hand cream. It is Crabtree & Evelyn's Lily hand therapy. Crabtree & Evelyn describes this product as:

"Our award-winning hand cream takes moisturisation to a new level with shea butter and ceramides 3 and 6II to reduce moisture loss while promoting your skin’s hydration level. Moisturising macadamia nut oil and conditioning English flower extracts also support this extraordinary cream, delivering beautiful hand benefits".

What makes this hand cream nice to me is outlined below:

1. It gives "light" moisturising/hydration level to the hands and nails leaving a non-greasy finish. 
2. Smells AMAZING! The scent is described as: "A heart of lily of the valley blended with dewy greens, woodland mosses, musk, and ylang ylang". Yes... I suppose is smells like that... but not over-powering at all which I like. I tend to go for a nice subtle scent as opposed to FULL-ON-HARDCORE-IN-YOUR-FACE type scents.
3. I can't stop smelling my hands like a crazy person >.<


Yes... I know I love this - there shouldn't be any disadvantages right? But well.. there is ONE! 

If you had notice I described the moisturising/hydration level as "light". I feel like my hands start to feel 'dry' after all the product absorbs into the skin - but they don't look dry - hard to explain... but the cream does the job overall.. maybe I'm just to picky. I guess coming from thick hand cream consistencies to a light one is somewhat of a shock.

I tried out the 50g/1.8oz tube which was on sale for $14 Australian dollars.

Here's the official site for any extra queries you may have:

This is my second Crabtree & Evelyn product. The first one is a lotion pump which I will give my thoughts in the next post.

Do you guys have any recommendations for hand creams? I would love to know in the comments section below :)

<3 J

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Smith's Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm [Review]

Hey Beauty Lovers!

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new Smith's Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm! My previous post was also on other Smith's lip products and the Minted Rose was my favourite! So when I heard that Smith's came out with a Menthol AND Eucalyptus balm... I just HAD to have it! :D 

Thank god for Ebay as us Australian's are so behind on everything beauty!

I bought this on Ebay for around $8-9 Australian including shipping - BARGAIN!

It is 22g/ 0.8oz.

From Smith's official website it describes the product as:

"A Soothing, Cooling Salve! Dr. G. F. Smith considered this salve to be his very best formulation for the relief of cold sores, razorburn, psoriasis, allergies, insect bites and abrasions. It is aromatic and exhilarating. Not intended for use around the eyes"

My thoughts:

1. The product smells very menthol and eucalyptus-y which =  LOVE!
2. Clear - Vaseline-esque consistency.
2. Gives a tingling/cooling/menthol-y sensation when applied to areas such as lips.
3. Good for those dry, chapped winter lips and areas described by Smith's. 


Initially, I was concerned as one of the ingredients in this balm is Methyl Salicylate, which is commonly used in over-the-counter creams for sprains, strains and muscle spasms etc. I wasn't sure if it was 'safe' for the lips and you could ingest it when eating something. I just got paranoid even though Smith's did indicate that they are good for cold sores...

SO I private messaged Smith's on their official facebook page and they replied with:

"Hello! Yes it is great for your lips! Thank you!"

Yay paranoia solved! Better to be safe than sorry right? :)

Have you guys tried any of Smith's products? Let me know!

<3 J