Obagi Review: Hydrate Luxe Moisture Rich Cream & Professional-C Serum

Obagi

Obagi is a leading American brand and has recently been gaining a bit of traction in Australia. Obagi’s medical grade products target a range of skin concerns using a range of potent formulas.

Coming into winter, one of my biggest skin concerns has been hydration. My skin isn’t sensitive, but always gets temperamental and dry when the seasons change. I was particularly excited to try the Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream to help boost my skin’s moisture levels.

The texture of this product was one of the first things I noticed, it is incredibly creamy and thick – a little like butter! This product is formulated to be used overnight, as this thick texture wouldn’t be appropriate for daytime wear but leaves skin feeling beautiful in the morning. I suffer from dry, flaky skin on my nose which has decreased significantly since I began using this moisturiser. Alongside the hydrating benefits, ingredients in the Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream go towards increasing skin firmness, strength and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I was using this moisturiser in conjunction with another Obagi product, the Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%. This serum contains a concentrated dose of Vitamin C, an ingredient used to help brighten skin and retain moisture. The product comes with a dropper, and only a few drops are needed to cover the face, meaning this bottle will last for quite some time. While I was using the Hydrate Luxe Cream only at night, I was using this serum twice a day. It goes a long way to smooth the skin prior to the application of makeup and locks in moisture for the rest of the day. You can tell it’s got a strong dose of Vitamin C in there as there is definitely an orangey smell upon application. The 15% strength is appropriate for most skin types, however, there are also 20% and 10% varieties.

You can find your nearest Obagi stockist online. The Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream and Professional-C Serum 15% both retail at $79.95.

Every Little Bit Helps

Beauty Bloggers & make-up hoarders have one very common first world problem..What to do with all this stuff? I am very lucky to receive some beautiful products from amazing brands, sometimes in multiples. On top of that my obsession with beauty can see me accumulate gift’s with purchase or samples that I can’t really use myself.

Just the other day I came across a solution to this little problem, and it’s called “Every Little Bit Helps”.

Every Little Bit Helps

Every Little Bit Helps is a registered Australian not-for-profit charity with the specific purpose of receiving and redistributing unwanted and unused complimentary hotel toiletries, airline amenity kits, sanitary items, make-up and cosmetic samples to those in need including Homeless Shelters, Women’s Shelters and Youth Shelters.

I thought this was a fabulous idea, and a very easy way to contribute something to those who would really appreciate it.

You can read more about supporting the cause on the Every Little Bit Helps Website, but for individuals you can simply post your products to:
PO Box 340, Forestville NSW 2087.

If you can’t support them yourself, you can spread the word by sharing their website or facebook with those who may be able to.

It may seem like you are not dong much, but every little bit helps.

(Super) Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It doesn’t mean you don’t care, but if you’re like me and days like Mother’s Day always seem to take you by surprise never fear. Here is a last minute gift guide packed with thoughtful presents for all budgets any Mum is sure to love.

I’m a huge advocate for Jurlique, their products are luxe, Australia made and suitable for all skin types. I’m still loving the Clarity Hand Wash & Hand Lotion I blogged about a while ago, or head into their stores for some beautiful gift sets. The Indulgent Face Care Gift Set pictured retails at $110.

Mothers Day Gift Jurlique

Pick up a Mani Pedi for your mum, or for a gift that will last slightly longer, one of the latest Soft Shades Mini Packs from OPI is sure to go down a treat. Available at Myer or David Jones it retails at $24.95.

Mothers Day Gift OPI

There are so many new fragrance releases it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few! Head to any perfume counter in David Jones or Myer with an idea of other fragrances that your Mum loves and you are sure to find a beautiful new scent for her. The latest B Balenciaga EDP, or Elie Saab Le Parfum are two of my current picks.

Mothers Day Gift Perfume

ghd have an amazing ghd V classic kit available which includes all your mum could possibly need for beautiful hair. The kit is great value (retailing for the same price as the styler on it’s own) and if your lucky enough, maybe mum will share this one! The set retails at $269.

Mothers Day GHD

What are you picking up your mum to treat her this Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments x