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Product Review – Botany Beauty (new items!), Malie Organics

Several months back, Malie Organics expanded on their Botany Beauty line (previously was just the Firming Cream) with the introduction of the following 3 products;

  • Cleansing Polish
  • Illuminating Moisturizer
  • Luxe Eye Cream

I shared my thoughts on the new products in a blog post, which I will share the link too however I will say this. I absolutely love the Cleansing Polish. It’s this perfect jelly like consistency that smells like heaven!

The Illuminating Moisturiser is perfect for under my makeup and provides a subtle glow and the Luxe Eye Cream is a thick cream perfect for the under eye area. You can find the full review of the above products here.

I was excited when they first launched the range, and after knowing how good these products are, I could hardly contain my excitement!


The newest products to the range are;

  • Coffee Fruit Mask
  • Kaua’i Clay Mask
  • Hydrosol Facial Tonic
  • Illuminating Serum

The new products are packaged in the signature Botany Beauty packaging, with the gold and white, which looks so luxurious and sits beautifully on the make up shelf!


Coffee Fruit Mask 15ml – $55USD
This is the most interesting product I have tried in such a long time. When you hear the word’s “mask” you expect something quite thick. Although this has the consistency more so of a serum but you apply it to cleansed skin and leave for up to 5 minutes.

The ingredients – just one! Hawaiian Coffee Fruit Extract which the Malie website states has more antioxidant power than any other fruit source.

Like most masks, I like to apply this just before popping in the shower as I have a tendency to get masks everywhere! Ha!


Kaua’i Clay Mask 120ml – $45USD
The Kaua’i Clay Mask is not like any clay mask I’ve ever tried. With one of the ingredients being Kaua’i Bentonite Clay it dries quite firm. However once I add a little water to remove the mask it turns to this beautiful consistency, very smooth and easy to remove.

My skin generally goes quite red when I use clay masks, however I don’t find that with the Kaua’i Clay Mask as it’s quite gentle.

Other ingredients include Aloe and Blue Green Algae, so much super power in the jar!

Hydrosol Facial Tonic 50ml – $45USD
The Hydrosol Facial Tonic is made from pure Jasmine and Rose Hydrosols. Not sure what a hydrosol is? A hydrosol is produced by distilling flowers and leaves, to form a gentle alternative to pure essential oils.

The Hydrosol Facial Tonic can be used as a toner, but what I love using it for is to spritz as my face mask dries to add a little moisture and some added nutrients!

I love how light this is on the skin, plus it smells absolutely divine!

Illuminating Serum 30ml – $45USD
Attention! This is now my new favourite, although the Cleansing Polish is a strong contender. I love this serum with all my heart, it’s light, perfectly packaged, smells divine and has a bunch of amazing oils (9 in total) to provide you with all the antioxidant power you need!

I love to use this at night, after I’ve finished my shower. I find the serum the perfect end to my skincare routine as I settle into bed for the night.

This is on my “must have” shopping list for when I am in Hawaii, I may even need to bring back a few bottles!

While I love the Malie Organics brand a whole lot, these new products are amazing! Again, I can’t fault them at all. Everything has been thought through, they are perfect in every way.

You can find all of the Malie Organics products on their website.

Not only is Malie Organics creating these beautiful products, they also do amazing work for their community. The #givingbackisbeautiful campaign runs on different days through the year and 100% of profits for that given day is donated to a selected community charity. So special!

Thank you Malie for all that you do, and for creating such beauty!


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June Empties

A short blog to talk about the June empties. Not too much to report, I finished 4 products. Those 4 products are as follows;

  • Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Soap
  • The Ordinary Foundation
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
  • Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser


Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser – Mecca Maxima
Out of the 4, I would most likely repurchase 3 of the 4 products. Unfortunately I have used other cleansers that I prefer over the Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser. I have mentioned previously, I do wear quite heavy eye make up and when looking for a cleanser I am looking for something that can generally remove it.

I also found the texture too jelly like and not very oily, again something I look for to remove my eye makeup.

I do love Drunk Elephants packaging though, easy to use and the screw top lid makes it easy to not be wasteful. Plus how cute is the bright packaging!

Verdict – I will not be repurchasing

Mario Bedescu A.H.A Botanical Soap – Mecca Maxima
I absolutely LOVE the Mario Bedescu A.H.A Botanical Soap, it smells lovely and doesn’t bubble too much.

It has such a pleasant scent also, and after using my body feels refreshed and clean.

It is quite pricey for the size, I think from memory it was $12-$14? However it’s reasonable if this was a splurge item you were picking up.

Verdict – I will repurchase (when I can splurge)

Lights, Cameras, Lashes by Tarte – Sephora
Even with all the Tarte drama of previous months, this is still one of my favourite mascaras. It is a great formula that is hard to smudge, doesn’t drop onto the under eyes as the day progresses and is also easy enough to remove.

This packaging was from the Limited Edition Christmas Mascara.

Verdict – I will repurchase

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation – Deciem, South Yarra
This little bottle packs a real punch and definitely one of my favourite foundations. It has quickly replaced NARS on my love list, especially since NARS decided to sell in China for a quick buck.

I do find the coverage quite light though, and don’t agree its full coverage. In saying that, I like to wear this foundation during the day for that reason.

Verdict – I will repurchase

I hope you enjoyed this quick little blog on my June empties! Let me know your thoughts.


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Product Review – Kiss Ready Lips

On Saturday the lovely Louella from Kiss Ready Lips, sat down with us for Meet the Makers and to tell us a little more about herself. You can find her interview here..

A little recap, I met Louella at the Sydney Finders Keepers in December last year and fell in love with her positivity. Just watching her explain how her products worked and why she created them, made me so interested – I quickly snapped up one of the gift sets, a scrub and a lip balm!

Louella crafts all the products by hand. After being impressed with the nutritional and healing properties of the chia seed, this paved the way for Louella to learn more about the superfood and see how it could be incorporated into skincare and beauty.

I absolutely love the Rose Omega Face Balm, with its silky smooth texture and the gentle exfoliation from the oats…more about that soon!


Louella also has Kiss Ready Baby and Mama under the umbrella which includes lighter versions of the oils specifically made for baby’s skin and nursing mums.

All products are vegan and cruelty free too!


Omega Rose Face Balm – $58AUD
As I mentioned above, I absolutely LOVE the Rose Omega Face Balm. It is so dreamy. It has a creamy texture that melts when you apply it your face. It has finely milled oat flour which acts as an extremely gentle exfoliator.

It has a subtle scent of rose, which reminds me of some Turkish Delight.

I use this as my second cleanse, due to my use of waterproof make up, however I find it cleanses extremely well and could be used as a first cleanse.

You can also use this as a lip balm and on dry patches of skin such as elbows, knees and feet.


Omega Rose Face Mist – $26.95AUD
I like to keep my bottle of Omega Rose Face Mist in the fridge, to use as a little facial treat when it’s warm or when my face starts to feel a little dry from the heating.

It’s nice to use as a little stress-reliever too as the scent of rose is quite calming.

Light Chia Oil – $25.00AUD
The hero of the family, the Light Chia Oil is made up of 4 ingredients;
* Sweet Almond Oil
* Chia Oil, sourced within Australia
* Rose Geranium extract oil
* Rosemary extract oil

Another multi-purpose product, the Light Chia Oil can be used is multiple ways. Since my operation I’ve been using it on my scars (along with other oils I have) and also I like to use it on the ends of my hair.

It comes with a handy dropper, so easy to apply just the right amount.

Superfoods Antioxidant Face Mask – $50AUD
This mask lives up to its name with an antioxidant rich combination of green superfoods such as chia, spinach and kale – it smells very green, it reminds me a little of a vegetable soup.

Green in colour, it comes as a powder which when mixed with water becomes a paste which you then apply to your face. The benefits of this is the mask, when in powder form, is more potent and rich in vitamins. It’s also a great way to minimise waste.

I am a big fan of this mask, I find it leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and plump.

Kiss Ready Lips is a great little Australian brand, created by someone who is extremely passionate about what they are doing. Although I am a big fan of Louella, she is also very supportive of myself and what I’m doing for small business’s. For this I’m incredibly grateful.

If you would like to check out the Kiss Ready range, simply click here.

You can also find Louella on Instagram – @ kissreadylips

As always, any questions please feel free to reach out – I love to chat!


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Product Review – Elemental Renewal Serum, Five Elements

Several months back I was sent a bottle of the Elemental Renewal Serum by Five Elements to try out and review. Since then, this little bottle of goodness is my go-to for when I travel.

Created by Karen McKay, who spent years studying science and botany, Karen was able to formulate her first product – Five Elements Skin Tonic to assist a friend with severe eczema. Word spread amongst family and friends and before long Karen was encouraged to start her own brand. Five Elements was born!


You may be thinking, why call it Five Elements. This is due to the unique 5 plant formula that has been researched and developed for each individual plants properties. This formula is then used alongside super oils, such as Avocado, Jojoba and Rosehip oil that is great for the skin.

Extracts used in the formulas are grown in Karen’s herb farm located in Marlborough, New Zealand.


As I mentioned above, I love using it when I travel. Once I board, I do a quick cleanse before I apply the Elemental Renewal Serum. I do a quick roll with either my jade or quartz roller, then sit back and enjoy the flight.

When I arrive at my destination, my skin always feels so hydrated. There is so tightness, nor does it feel sticky. The serum also smells like heaven!


Not only are Five Elements creating products that contain active ingredients, they are also doing some great work to protect our environment.

For the months of June and July, Five Elements are donating 15% of all profits to the Bat Recovery Project in the Pelorus Bridge Reserve. In New Zealand, bats are considered an endangered species. Funds donated go to supporting the preservation of the species.


Five Elements ships to Australia, with shipping approximately $7.50 NZD, however do check on their website for your specific location pricing.

Below are all the social media deets for Five Elements;

  • Website:
  • Instagram: @fiveelementsnz

Thank you to Five Elements for reaching out to me, I absolutely love the Elemental Renewal Serum! I also love what you doing for the environment and your contribution to New Zealand’s conservation efforts.

Happy humpday!


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Product Review – Tribe Skincare Trial/Travel Kit

On Saturday night I interviewed Kayla, the founder of Tribe Skincare for Meet the Makers and you guys loved it! You can find the interview with Kayla here. I really love Kayla, as I mentioned in the interview she has grown an amazing business and also supports other business owners on their journey #girlssupportinggirls.

I thought I would follow up the interview, with a review of the Tribe Skincare Trial/Travel Kit I purchased about a month ago. The Trial/Travel Kit is a great starter for those wanting to try the products before committing to full size and also great for weekends away.

The Trial Kit retails for $48 AUD and you can often pick up a free express shipping code from time to time, making this little bundle very affordable.

All Tribe Skincare products are cruelty free and vegan friendly.


There are close to 79 reviews on the Trial/Travel Kit with 64 of these reviews being 5 stars – nothing like a product that customers are raving about!

Tribe Skincare specialises in sensitive and acne prone skin types. Kayla regularly shares before and after’s of customers skin and the improvements they have enjoyed from using Tribe.

The Trial/Travel Kit comes with 4 products;

  • Clean Me! Balm Cleanser
  • Scrub Me Exfoliant
  • Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser
  • Protect Me! Day Moisturiser with SPF15


Clean Me! Balm Cleanser
The full-size Clean Me! Balm Cleanser retails for $44 AUD for 125 ml. The website states it melts away make-up, which it does do however I prefer to use this as my second cleanse to finish my routine. I wear extremely heavy waterproof eye make up and like to remove that first with a oil cleanser, before finishing with Clean Me!

This is a lightly scented cleanser, and great on no-make up days too. I find it leaves my skin feeling soft, and not tight.

The Clean Me! Balm Cleanser has desert lime as a key ingredient, lush!


Scrub Me! Exfoliant
The full-size Scrub Me! Exfoliant retails for $55 AUD for 70g and comes as a powder. The great thing about this is, you can mix just as much as you need while controlling the texture. Key ingredients are crushed oats and white clay, which help draw out any impurities. This also doubles as a mask, which is super handy if you are wanting a deep cleanse and makes the product multi-purpose.

Its lightweight, easy to mix and leaves skin feeling clean.


Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser
The full size Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser sells for $48.00 for 60ml. Both the full size and trial size come with a handy pump so you control how much product you use. It includes one of the hottest ingredients everyone is talking about – Hyaluronic Acid.

The Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser is a similar consistency to the Clean Me! Balm Cleanser, and goes on smoothly without pulling the skin.

I found this deeply moisturising and perfect to use as a night cream.


Protect Me! Day Moisturiser with SPF15
The full size Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser sells for $48.00 for 60ml. I absolutely love this. Again, its light on the skin but also offers some sun protection. It’s easy to wear under make-up, and creates a lovely base for my foundation.

It is more creamier than the Hydrate Me! Night Moisturiser and I really enjoy the scent.


I really enjoy using Tribe Skincare it’s gentle and easy on my skin. I can easily see why the brand has not only a heap of reviews but also a very engaged “tribe”.

I also loved that my package arrived with a mini skittles – how cool is that!

Next on my list is the new Fruit Tingle! Body Moisturiser that smells like Fruit Tingles – YUM!

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Tribe Skincare Trial/Travel Kit.

As always, please reach out if you wish to chat or have any requests for products you would like me to try!


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Product Review – Balance and Replenish Light Moisturiser, Scout Cosmetics

Did you happen to catch my interview with Sylvie from Scout Cosmetics on Saturday night? If not, you can find the interview here.

It was so lovely to catch up with Sylvie and hear more about Scout Cosmetics, the future plans and how even a day in the life of Sylvie.

This month, I have been trying the Balance & Replenish Light Moisturise with Calendula, Red Mandarin and Pumpkin which retails for $39.95 for 50mls.

The Balance & Replenish Light Moisturiser is made up of 84% Certified Organic Ingredients, and like all Scout Cosmetics products, are not tested on animals.

The use of calendula works to reduce redness, while mandarin oil can work to calm the skin. Making these two ingredients perfect for use under make up or even on those make up free days.

Pumpkin oil fights free radicals and also works to keep moisture in the skin.

Like all Scout Cosmetics skincare products I’ve used, the packaging is spot on. The Balance & Replenish Light Moisturiser comes with a handy pump ensuring that you are only using what you need. Like the 6 Oils of Rejuvenation, any remainder product cane used on your cuticles to reduce waste!

This product lives up to its name, it is a light cream and goes on easily. It also absorbs into the skin, while leaving a pleasant earthy scent on the skin. I like to use this at night due to the essential oils, during the day I prefer nothing scented so as not to clash with my perfume.

Although a light cream, I do find it extremely hydrating on the skin. I generally wear this on make up free days so have yet to try it under makeup. I do note on the website, you can also use this on top of Scout Cosmetics Serums.

You can purchase this serum on the Scout Cosmetics website.

I hope you enjoyed this months review of the Balance & Replenish Light Moisturise with Calendula, Red Mandarin and Pumpkin.

As always, please reach out if you have any thoughts or feedback – I’d love to chat!


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Product Review – Botany Beauty, Malie Organics

Malie Organics, is quite possibly my favourite brand around! I hold Malie Organics so close to my heart as they have inspired so much of my Green Beauty journey. The maker, Dana, has created such a beautiful line of products for the body including Beauty Oils, Scrubs, Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioners and even Soy Candles – all scented with beautiful Hawaiian ingredients.

So how did I come to love this brand as much as I do?

Flashback to June 2017, when I wandered into the Malie Organics store at the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu. I was met by such a lovely sales assistant, I kick myself for not knowing her name. If I had any questions they were swiftly answered with passion before I was left to wonder the store and smell the beautiful products.

So nearly a year later, when Malie Organics announced they were creating a skin care range, I was extremely excited! It was to be called Botany Beauty, with three new products complementing the very popular Firming Cream.


The Firming Cream is not pictured here, however I purchased this in December and want to include it in my review. This cream repairs the skin and is full of antioxidants that assist with ageing and fine lines. I love how thick this cream is, but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. The use of Hawaiian Coffee Fruit Extract excites me, with the Malie Organics website quoting this as having more antioxidant power than any other fruit source. Available for $45.00 USD

The three new products to the Botany Beauty line are;
* Cleansing Polish
* Illuminating Moisturizer
* Luxe Eye Cream


Cleansing Polish – $49.00 USD

My favourite out of the Botany Beauty range, I absolutely adore the jelly like texture, refreshing scent and the use of Hibiscus Petals, Ground Olive Seeds, and Cranberry Seeds to exfoliate the skin! I believe this is gentle enough to use every night if you wanted to, with only a small amount being needed. However generally, I use this every second night. I really wish you could smell this one! So good!

The Cleansing Polish is on my shopping list for November when I am back in Hawaii!


Luxe Eye Cream – $48.00 USD

The Luxe Eye Cream is generously sized, with a handy pump  for ease of application.
The consistency of the cream is light, with a fresh botanic scent that isn’t heavy, and as I found, didn’t irate my eye area. When I apply this to my under eye area I feel an immediate cooling sensation.

I remember using Witch Hazel when I was a teenager, and I find it interesting it’s still used today! The inclusion of Witch Hazel in the Luxe Eye Cream assists with reducing puffiness (which I’m fairly certain was my aim as a teen and minimising my spots!).


Illuminating Moisturizer – $46.00 USD

Why use a primer when you have the Illuminating Moisturizer, well that’s what I’ve found! The Illuminating Moisturiser has an almost pearl like colour to it, when massaged into the skin it creates a dewy base perfect for foundation.
That’s not to say you can’t use it at night, with ingredients such as aloe vera to add moisture to the skin and allows the skin to work on repairing itself.

The Moisturizer contains Clove and until I looked up the ingredients, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what smelt so good!


The perfect family of four, all of the products would go well in any skin care routine. As I mentioned above, I absolutely adore the Cleansing Polish.
Could it be due to my love of cleansers? Possibly! It’s fun to work between my fingers before massaging into my face!

I hope you enjoyed my review of the new Botany Beauty line from Malie Organics!


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Product Review – Devine Oils

When writing a review, I love to read the “about us” section on the brand’s website to find out a little more about the maker and their why. I just love hearing about people’s passions and to see people living their dreams.

The founder, Louise Devine has quite an interesting bio. I was able to learn that Louise moved to Australia in 2006 with her daughter which coincided with her brand, Devine Oils being born.

Without even trying the products, I fell in love immediately with the use of glass to hold the products in rather than plastic – helping reduce their environmental footprint.

Scent is important to me, I really enjoy using products that are scented. Luckily I don’t suffer from irritable skin. I find the range, that uses essential oils gentle on my skin – and they smell great!


All products are made the day before they are sent out, to ensure the products received are at their freshest and most potent. They are also vegan, palm oil free and do not contain parabens.

The below product photos are of the trial size products, however the price quoted is for the full size. Louise does have trial kits available on her website located here;

Palm Oil Free Cream Cleanser – $49.50
As the name suggests the Palm Oil Free Cream Cleanser has a lovely creamy base, with one of the main ingredients noted being Aloe Vera. I like to use this cleanser for my 2nd cleanse, mainly to breathe in the beautiful essential oils of Frankincense and Sweet Fennel.


Light Day Oil and Night Oil Treatment – Detox & Repair, both $44.50
I love, LOVE face oils (second to cleansers ha!) rather than using a moisturiser. I find my skin loves oils, and it especially loved the Night Oil Treatment, with its subtle scent. It is the perfect oil for sleeping, sending me off to the land of nod.

I found the Light Day Oil lived up to its name and was lighter in consistency. I found the scent slightly stronger than the Night Oil Treatment but still enjoyable. I love using this on the weekend when I don’t wear any make up and my skin can breathe.


Soothing Eye Serum – $45.00
Easy to use and perfect in the little pump bottle, I found a lot went a long way. The Soothing Eye Serum has a mild scent and a creamy texture. I found subtle changes to the skin under eyes, it felt hydrated with visible elasticity.


Pore Minimiser Nourish & Repair and Open Pore Serum Detox & Repair, $49.50
Like many, I do suffer from open pores especially on my nose. I was excited to try both of these serums in the hope they helped reduce the size of them. Both serums have a gel texture and like the eye serum you do only need a tiny amount.

The serums dry quickly and felt light weight on my skin.


I really love this brand, the products are made with great natural ingredients. They are also doing great things for the environment, as I mentioned, by using glassware for the products rather than plastic.

Louise has extensive knowledge with what works best for the skin, including tried and tested formulations. I’m pleased to have been introduced to this brand as I will now be a regular, especially that cleanser!

Pop on over to check out the full range and drop Louise an email if you have any questions, I’m sure she would love to hear from you.


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Product Review – Scout Cosmetics, Six Oils of Rejuvenation

Last month I reviewed the Cell Renewal Peptide Serum from Scout Cosmetics, this month it is the Six Oils of Rejuvenation. A super nutrient blend of the following oils; Rosehip, Jojoba Seed, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Carrot, Evening Primrose and Sunflower. They all play their own part in helping the skin repair itself, be nourished and also glow!


I was excited to receive this, as if you have been following me now for sometime, you will know I love anything to do with oils. Not only does my skin love oils, I love the therapeutic properties that are usually associated with oils. I find it a ritual in itself when I use an oil on my face.

The Six Oils of Rejuvenation includes 98% certified organic ingredients The company, Scout Cosmetics also offers vegan and cruelty free products.


When using oils, there really is no right or wrong. It’s important you listen to your skin to see what works for you. Some may find the daily use of oils too much, especially those with oily skin. If you do have oily skin, an option for you, is to include a few drops in your moisturiser.

Personally, I like to use the Six Oils of Rejuvenation at night. Once I have cleansed and toned my skin. I enjoy using any remainder oil on the back of my hands and cuticles.

The Six Oils of Rejuvenation includes Ylang Ylang Essential Oil which I am a little sensitive too however the healing properties of Ylang Ylang far outweigh the smell for me. Benefits of Ylang Ylang include being a stress reliever, ability to lift your mood (source) and has also been known to have been used as a aphrodesacic, potentially making this perfect for use as a night facial message, need I say more?


The Six Oils of Rejuvenation is a luxurious way to end your skincare routine. It is reasonably priced at $39.95 and can be purchased from the Scout Cosmetics website, here.

How do you incorporate oils into your skincare routine?


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Product Review – Scout Cosmetics, Cell Renewal Peptide Serum

Scout Cosmetics is an Australian owned company that produces skin care, make up and nail polish.

The brand features certified organic products, is vegan and cruelty free.

Scout Cosmetics has been built on extremely strong values, such as products being made in Australia using high quality certified organic and natural ingredients.Even the brand’s founder, Sylvie Hutchings, holds the brands vision close to her heart stating she wants to “bridge the gap between natural and glamour”.

While strolling through my favourite shop in Northcote, Terra Madre, I saw the Scout Cosmetics range and just knew I had to try a few for myself. Therefore when I was contacted to try the Green Tea, Ginseng & Fig Cell Renewal Peptide Serum, I was extremely excited!

Let’s talk what’s in the bottle!

While Green Tea & Ginseng are well known for helping combat the signs of aging, there are many other extremely noteworthy ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide are two such ingredients, both working together to help the skin retain & produce moisture.

I was interested to read that Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 is used to fight wrinkles and stimulate the skin, something we can all agree is what you want in a serum!

This really is a multi-action Serum!

I have now been using this serum for 3 weeks, mainly in the evening. However you can use it in the morning if you prefer.

I am extremely pleased with the results, I’ve found my skin feels not only firmer but also extremely hydrated. I enjoy using the serum as it’s so easy to use, the packaging releases just the right amount of product which glides easily over the face.

I also enjoy the subtle scent, which is important to me as I love how products smell.

I thoroughly enjoy using this and I look forward to trying other Scout Cosmetics.

Have you tried Scout Cosmetics? Which product is your favourite?