Monday, 16 November 2015

Skin Food Black Sugar Deep Cleansing Cream vs Banila Co Clean It Zero

Who's been absolutely spoilt rotten and been given an amazing K Beauty haul from their girlfriend? ME ME ME! Snail gel, sheet masks, mascara, eyeliner, a clay mask and even Frozen training chopstick (suitable for 36+ months... I think I'll be fine!). 

I've been meaning to blog about the sample of Banila Co's Clean It Zero that I've been using to remove my makeup, so when I was given Skin Food's Black Sugar Deep Cleansing Cream, I figured it'd be the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and review/compare them.

I have heard so much about Skin Food's Black Sugar Scrub but very little about their Black Sugar Cleansing Cream. While on the otherhand, Clean It Zero is one of Banila Co's cult product which (for people who read K Beauty blogs) has been reviewed to death!

Both products can be used as a makeup remover, with most users using this as the first part of a two step cleaning process. The second step is cleaning your face with a foam cleanser. 

I must confess it took me a while to want to smear product all over my face which claimed it would dissolve my makeup. It didn't make a lot of sense to be rubbing dissolved makeup all over my face instead of transferring it onto a makeup wipe or cotton pad but I figured there was madness to the method so gave it a go for 'research purposes'.

Product overview 

Skin Food Deep Cleansing Cream

  • Cream cleanser 
  • Contains Brazilian Black Sugar 
Skin Food Deep Cleansing Cream
Just like the Black Sugar Scrub, the cleansing cream contains mineral-enriched Brazilian black sugar and has a delicious sweet pink lemonade smell. For some, this can be a bit overpowering but I love it. It has a runny yoghurt like consistency and is easy to scoop up and slather on. Being a cream cleanser, the Skin Food cleaner would be great for dry skin and winter months.

Skin Food Deep Cleansing Cream

Banila Co Clean It Zero 

  • Sherbet cleaner 
  • Contains papaya and acerola extract 
   Banila Co Clean It Zero
Clean It Zero is a sherbet cleanser, meaning it's a solidified oil cleanser. Formulated with papaya extract and acerola extract, it has a very subtle fruity fragrance. As it's a thicker texture compared to the Skin Food cleanser, I did need to use a bit more product. 

   Banila Co Clean It Zero

Product instructions

Both recommend applying over the entire face, massaging the product until makeup dissolves. Both recommend removing with a tissue or tepid water. I prefer to wash it off with water.

The results 

In terms of makeup removal, Banila Clean It Zero did a better job. However my skin felt softer and more nourished from the Skin Food Black Sugar Deep Cleansing Cream.

In the photo series below, you can see that while the Skin Food Black Sugar Deep Cleansing Cream moved the makeup, it also smeared it around.

Black Sugar Deep Cleansing Cream

What I liked: 
  • Fairly good makeup remover 
  • Lovely pink lemonade smell 

What I didn't like: 
  • I found it to be a bit stingy on my eye area and it gave me blurry vision  
  • The packaging. It's a rummy formula which would be much better in a pump bottle. 

My rating: 3-4 stars 

Banila Co Clean It Zero 

What I liked: 
  • Excellent makeup remover 
  • Pleasant smell and not too overpowering 

What I didn't like: 
  • The packaging feels a bit cheap. 

My rating: 5 stars 

5 stars: This is my holy grail. It doesn't get better than this.
4 stars: This was pretty awesome. I'd buy this again.
3 stars: I can see the appeal and I'll finish it but I don't think I'd buy it again.
2 stars: This is not for me but others might like it.
1 star: This product needs to die. Get it off the market NOW! 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Flora & Fauna, Northbridge

Flora & Fauna are running one of the most beautiful Perth based Instagram accounts and for months I've been swooning over their gorgeous feed. I finally found myself there last weekend when my girlfriend returned home after working away for two months.

Like all good bad decision makers, I made sure to scoped out the menu before we went and knew that I was going to order the Pear Pash juice (pear, organic passionfruit, cucumber and lime) and the F&F Bruschetta with feta.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Klara Kiss Proof Lips

Are you a nosy shopper? Do you look into other people's trolleys? Perhaps if someone is deeply engrossed in comparing products, you'll stop to see what has caught their attention? WAIT... WHAT! That's just me? 

In any case, my curious tenancies paid off earlier this year when I overheard a women raving about a lipstick in the beauty isle of my local supermarket. She claimed that it was long lasting and the most amazing lipstick she'd tried in a while and because they were on special, she was buying all three colours that were on offer. Naturally her endorsement caught my attention, so I grabbed my phone and did a quick Google to find out what the internet people had to say. They raved! 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Banila Co The Blacks Hydrogel facial masks

 After buying half of Banila Co in Myeongdong, I was given a pack of The Blacks Hydrogel facial masks as a free gift. This is one of the joys of beauty shopping in Korea, the samples and freebies! I've had makeup bags, brushes, and some very decent sized samples of skincare and makeup.

There were a number of different masks in the pack which address different things; brightening, sebum control, moisturising and so on. Last night, I tried the Black Rice Nourishing mask.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick - A Plum Prospect

This week I've been trying out the Maybelline Color Whisper lipstick in 'A Plum Prospect'. As the name suggests, it's a pinkey purpley colour.  I also own this lipstick in 'Rose of Attraction' which is a lighter pink colour.

Color Whisper is a lightweight gel lipstick that is probably better described as a tinted lip gloss. I should've guessed from the name that it gives a 'whisper' of glossy colour, rather than a bold matte statement. While it's has decent pigmentation and builds well, it's slippery on the lips and doesn't have great staying power.

This photo shows a single swipe of colour.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

ZERO Fettuccine

I don't know when I last cooked pasta. I know the last time it was possible would've been pre-kitchen renovation in late February. Moving from an electric stove to an induction cooktop meant that the cheap hand-me-down cookware I'd been given no longer worked on my new fancy appliances. I bought a beautiful Le Creuset deep frying pan and lid the day my appliances were installed but have um-ed and ah-ed over saucepan sets and over the winter embraced my slow cooker and microwave found that I didn't have a huge use for saucepans... so here I am, seven months down the track without pots and saucepans. 
Source: Lowcarb Central 
I've had a pasta craving for weeks so when I saw the Zero Fettuccine and read about it being an excellent pasta substitute, I didn't hesitate to purchase a packet. Pre-cooked and made from Konjac, the fettuccine (and I say that generously as they are actually noodles) are gluten, dairy, wheat, egg and soy free. They also boast to have zero carbs, fat and sugar. Inside the packet is a second packet with the goodies. The instructions say to drain the water and run the noodles under hot or cold water for at a minute. They look like flat rice noodles and are similar in texture, although a bit thicker and firmer. 

I tried a plain noodle which I wouldn't recommend. Not because if had a bad taste but because it had no taste (which of course is a good thing for those who are using it has a noodle or pasta substitute). I smothered the noodles in a homemade tomato and mushroom pasta sauce with a generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese but felt a little unsatisfied. They were much more noodley and far less pasta like than I expected. Not a bad substitute for a rice noodle, or for someone with food allergies or looking for a low cal/no carb option but don't expect it to be like pasta. 

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Little Shop of Plenty, Maylands

The Little Shop of Plenty has been getting its fair share of attention with Perth locals since opening in late May. Located opposite the Maylands train station on the Railway Parade side, the cafe specialises in mainly raw (with some gentle cooked foods), minimally processed, dairy, gluten and cane sugar free dishes.

After our visit to The Raw Kitchen the weekend before, Pen and I decided to head to The Little Shop of Plenty to see what all the hype was about. It was a stunning spring day, so I walked from my house. About half way into my walk, I realised that I didn't know where the cafe was. I knew it was somewhere near to Blackcurrant Clothing, as I'd see the owner Catherine post about the cafe a few times so I figured I'd just wander and wing it. Turns out I needn't be worried. There was a huge sign out the front and the cafe was buzzing.

Blackberry and Vanilla Bean smoothie $9.50 
I was a bit early (which if you've read my blog before is a rarity), so I grabbed us a table inside the garage door section. When I sat down, I noticed that these tables had knee rugs at the tables and I understand why. The area is a bit of a wind tunnel and a wee bit nippy, so when Pen arrived, we moved into the sun to soak up the vitamin D rays.

Ordering is done from the counter, where you will also find a delicious array of raw treats in the cake fridge. Despite being busy, the line to order moved very quickly.

As it was busy, we ordered one at a time to make sure our table wasn't nabbed. Our orders came out extremely fast. In fact, my drink and meal had arrived before Pen had returned from ordering!