A lot of products come through the bellabox office. As you can probably imagine this is paradise for a beauty addict, and when someone gets excited about a new product everyone knows about it!
This month is all about Mindful Beauty at bellabox, and we’ve been testing out some really interesting and innovative organic, natural and hypoallergenic products. We’ve also got winter on our minds, and everyone has been talking about ways to keep our skin looking fresh, tanned and healthy in the colder months.
We’re putting the spotlight on three products that are currently trending in the bellabox office. These are all new to me, so I selflessly volunteered myself to test each one out. Let’s get to it!
Ivadore Tanning Treatment
The Product: Ivadore Tanning Treatment is a vegan friendly tanning lotion that uses plant derived self-tan technology. It is made from natural and certified organic ingredients like strawberry extract, organic marshmallow, organic coconut water and organic echinacea.
So how does it work? Ivadore Tanning Treatment contains Erythrulose, a natural sugar extracted from red raspberries. This is quite an expensive ingredient which you won’t find in many tanning products, which is a pity because it gives you an incredibly even and rich and natural colour when combined with regular tanning ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone).
Left leg is tan free, right leg has one coat of Ivadore Tanning Treatment.
Julia’s Verdict: This was exciting for me to test as I’ve never used a tanning lotion with so many organic ingredients. First of all, there’s barely a hint of that terrible “fake tan smell” we all know so well. Instead it smells sugary sweet on first application and then the scent pretty much disappears.
There’s no guide colour, but I applied it like body lotion and it absorbed easily into my skin. You should leave this on for eight hours, which was no problem for me as I tend to sleep in my fake tan. Even after showering the colour continued to deepen, and around 24 hours after I first applied it I was left with a beautiful brown tone. My skin also felt soft and smooth thanks to all of the antioxidants in this product!
Available at ivadore.com.au.
Red Carpet Kolour Body Glow
The Product: Baring your skin can often be a daunting task due to imperfections like pigmentation, veins, cellulite, stretch marks, age spots and wrinkles. We’ve all got at least one of these, but Red Carpet Kolour’s Body Glow will help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
This luminous body lotion comes in three colours – Light, Medium and Tan. Each one provides a different level of colour, but all work to cover imperfections and give a natural but better glow to your skin. And for those who don’t have time to commit to fake tanning, this instant lotion dries within minutes and won’t transfer onto your skin. Plus it’s hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and paraben-free.
Here's my arm with one coat of RCK Body Glow and my bare skin for comparison - you can see the difference!
Julia’s Verdict: I’m in love. As much as I like fake tans that last for several days, I’m not always organized enough to tan myself up before the weekend. However, I have a feeling RCK’s Body Glow in Tan is going to be my go-to product for last minute plans this winter.
There is a hint of shimmer to this product, but it’s not glittery or overwhelming. With one application you’ll get a light bronze colour, but I let the lotion sit for five minutes and then applied a second coat with no streaking issues at all. It dries pretty much instantly. I have very obvious veins on my legs which I am quite self conscious about, and this did an excellent job of camouflaging them. I didn’t have any issues with the product coming off on my clothes, and it washed off easily in the shower at the end of the night. An absolute winner!
Available at redcarpetkolour.com
Swisse Bioactive Nature Oil
The Product: The skin oil trend continues unabated this winter, and the colder weather is the perfect time to try adding some oil into your daily beauty regimen. If you’re not sure where to start then Swisse Bioactive Nature Oil is a nice introduction to the world of skin oils.
This product is intended to be used on both the face and body. It helps to improve the appearance of scars, ageing skin, stretch marks, dehydrated skin, uneven skin tone and sun damaged skin. It contains Olive Squalene, Beta Carotene, Vitamin K2, Calendula Oil and a stack of other vitamins and extracts to regenerate and repair your skin.
Julia’s Verdict: I’m pretty familiar with Swisse thanks to their huge range of vitamins, but their skincare line is new to me. However there are a few bellabox beauties who are completely obsessed with it!
The key ingredients in this oil are really impressive and I appreciate that it doesn't contain mineral oils like many other body oils on the market do. The oil absorbed really easily into my skin, and it felt extremely moisturising. It also didn’t interfere with any of the makeup or other products I applied after using this oil. I’m now looking forward to exploring the rest of the Swisse skincare range. Lucky you - we're also sampling this gorgeous oil in April, we can't wait to hear what you think!
Available at pharmacies across Australia
What are your latest beauty discoveries? Let us know in the comments!