Carol Priest: Cleansing Milk & Damask Rose Toner Review

Hello awesomepeoples!! 

I haven’t been updating as much as I want to, thanks to a super busy time at work, but YAY NEW POST! 

I received this from HiShop a few days ago, and imma happy girl! They sent it out and I received it the next day, awesome service I must say! Lets un-box my box of goodies shall we? 

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I LOVE BUBBLE WRAP! ITS SO FUN!!!! 

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The star brand of the day?
Carol Priest 

Now I have never used this brand before, so I’m pretty excited to write about it; I mean the best part about a brand is discovering something totally new and different.

A little introductions are in order, so say hello to Carol Priest! 

They started out as a small brand in New Zealand, *think fresh green lush surroundings*, and they specialized in making herbal skin care products. And they started wayy back in 1991,  that makes them about 20 years old.

The interesting thing about CP is that they hand make and prepare the products to ensure freshness and so that the goodness in the products are retained. Very similar to theSkintopic I notice, I guess New Zealand brands practice this religiously.

Each product they make contains special mixes of proven botanicals with absolutely no mineral oils to act as carriers. So say no to clogged pores. 

Their light product colours and scents come from ALL  natural sources. Instead of chemicals/synthetic fragrances, they use essential oils, in its unadulterated form.( meaning not mixed or diluted with any different or extra elements; complete and absolute).

Combine all of the above, and you get an amazing line of natural, fresh, & quality products!

I recieved 5 products from the Carol Priest brand, courtesy of HiShop, so I’m going to break em down to two posts so that you dont have ANOTHER super long post from me *thousand apologies*

#1 : Orangeflower Cleansing Milk for all skin types (30 ml) 

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  • This is a light cleansing milk, which was made to cleanse all types of skin, yay to no skin discrimination =D
  • It contains cold pressed essential oils of lemon, bitter orange and sweet orange included for their astringent tonifying (is that a word?) and cleansing properties.
  • And it contains sweet almond oil and cold pressed jojoba oil that helps to nourish skin! 

Active Ingredients: 
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange ) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary ) Leaf Extract.

It comes in a very beautiful glass bottle and  upon first smelling it, I think it smells very citrusy! 

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How to use? Its actually quite similar to an  oil cleanse .

  1. First, skin has to be super clean and free from any dirt, bacteria and oils. Apply a small amount, or you can also use a lot! I used a penny sized dollop.
  2.  Make a warm compress using a clean wash cloth and apply firmly to the face and neck areas for a few minutes.This helps to open pores and dissolve any oils on your skin.
  3. The soaking of clean skin helps the aromatic essential oils and plant oils dissolve and soften skin.
  4. Massage the cleansing milk into the skin and neck, let it slowly absorb into your skin, and do avoid the eye area. I did this massage for like 5 minutes. Use small circular motions and create a light lather.
  5. Remove the milk using a warm wash cloth. Rinse any traces of the milk  by splashing warm water over your face and neck.
  6. Optional* finish with a cold compress and rinse.

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women. 

My face after using the cleaning milk. Not too bad, quite clear. LOL

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So what do I think?

Scent: A very nice light citrus smell, I like it, my skin smells fresh. Smells a lot like herbs and fresh forests comes to mind.
Lather: It lathers really well, you only need a small amount to get the whole face, and its really creamy, like massaging milk on your skin! 
Removing: Since I’m using the warm water and wash cloth, it removes all traces of the milk perfectly, but if you were just to use normal temperature water and just your hands, *AND I tried this way as well*, it leaves a slight oily feel, which I dont really mind, since I have dry skin, but if this would bother you, I’d suggest you to use the wash cloth =)
End result: I think it leaves my skin feeling very smooth, and it is very moisturizing. After a few days using this milk, my skin feels more supple and it kind of glows! 

I rate this product an 8 out of 10 points. 

Pros: An awesome product as a whole. Not much to complain about, I didnt have any breakouts from the milk, and no adverse effects. Plus I have glowy skin now, so YES! 
Cons: Just like the Oil Cleanse, this takes patience and time, and I think its worth it, since great skin takes effort and some time.

This product retails at HISHop for RM85.00 for 30 ml but they’re having a massive discount now *see below*

Link to purchase:
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-orangeflower-cleansing-milk-30ml

#2 : Carol Priest Damask Rose Toner for sensitive, dry & mature skin types

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  • An mild and hydrating toner to help restore moisture and improve skin texture.
  • The damask rose species Rosa damascena has been carefully selected for its deep tenacious rosy perfume and tonifying properties
  • Apply morning and night. Use it alone or after cleansing.
  • Use it to freshen up at any time of day or whenever skin feels dry. Spray onto the face and neck, avoiding the eye area

Active Ingredients:
Distilled Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil.

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How to use?

  1. I saturate a cotton pad with about one teaspoon of toner.(I’m using my Lilian Bell Cotton )
  2. Gently apply it to my cleansed face and neck. 
  3. Leave to dry!

PS: This product is not suitable for pregnant women.

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Pat Pat Pat!

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So what do I think?

Scent: A very strong rose scent, so if you’re a fan of roses, you’re in luck! Your skin smells like roses for at least an hour after application. I smell like a rose garden now!
Application: Simple and easy, and it dries pretty quickly too, within 2-3 minutes, and leaves a nice tingly feeling afterwards.
End result: I think it leaves my skin feeling very nice smelling, and I like the smell, makes me smell all girly and feminine. 

I rate this product an 9 out of 10 points.

Pros: Love the toner, it removes any traces of dirt on my face, and I smell awesome. 
Cons: Nothing to comment on =)

Link to purchase: 

http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest/carol-priest-damask-rose-toner-100ml

This product retails at HISHop for RM139.00 for 100ml but they’re having a massive discount now *see below*

Carol Priest is running a 20% discount for the month of November!  Check it out here!
http://www.hishop.my/carol-priest

And guess what, for all my readers you get the below! 

RM20 rebate for all my awesomesauce readers.
Key in the code below during checkout to redeem this offer:
NOVSPECIAL
With minimum purchase of RM99, valid until the 15th of December 2013

Check em out here okay! 

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I’m pretty impressed with Carol Priest so far, and do follow my updates for Part 2 of my Carol Priest Journey! 

My happy face after using Carol Priest!!

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xoxo,
Shashay

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Butterfly Project School, Chapter 1: Natta Cosme THAYERS Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner

Hello awesomepeeps! 

Thank goodness this post is up! You wouldn’t believe the amount of sweat that went into this post! Since I don’t have a mailing address in KL, all my stuff gets routed to my parents place in Perak, so I had to go back to Perak a few weeks back to pick up this parcel, come back to KL for work the same day and only then type out this blog post !  *I do it all for my butterflies* 🙂

Anyway, lets get on to the review shall we? First of all, Thank you Butterfly Project for picking me in this awesome collaboration with NattaCosme  for a product review! Its so exciting being a part of the Butterfly Community as well as working with different brands and trying out new products! A girls ultimate dream ❤

This parcel didn’t arrive at my doorstep like I mentioned, since I had to go back to Perak to fetch it, but I un-boxed in when I got back home to KL. I was superduper excited since I have been waiting for a while to see what was in the box! *insert crazy happy mad witch dance here*

Unboxing time!

Unboxing time!

The box itself is pretty heavy, and the Natta Cosme team have done an awesome job with the details! Its decorated so beautifully, and it looks to me like an amazing pre-Diwali present! (Yes there is such a thing!) And I see my name on it to! Yay personalization! The box is carefully wrapped in the foam peanuts and paper shavings so that the products don’t get damaged! 😉 

foam and paper

foam and paper

The box contains so many things, and here they are! 

My Goodies from Natta Cosme!

My Goodies from Natta Cosme!

Inside was a special letter from them, and I can see that Natta Cosme really has went the extra mile to make the customer feel super happy un-boxing their product! OMG THE BOX COMES WITH BUBBLE WRAP! I love popping bubble wrap every time I get something in the mail! 

I think so too!

I think so too!


Now let me introduce Natta Cosme first okay? They started in 2011, and they have an amazing array of products from Taiwan, Japan and Korea, USA, and the UK at their website. They also have an actual offline store in Seremban, i’ll link it at the end of the post! 

Lets review the product shall we? What I received was a whole box of goodies and the main star of the box is The THAYERS® Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner.  Its basically blended rose petal water with Witch Hazel extract and Vitamin E in the toner. This combination is supposed to aid pore tightening, smoothing and beautifying skin without drying it, like how most toners do, due to the fact that there is ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol in the toner. The toner is actually mainly purified water with all the amazing extracts of Vitamin E, and certified organic Aloe Vera. 

The toner!

The toner!

Un-screw cap, unseal the bottle, and re-screw the cap back on!

Un-screw cap, unseal the bottle, and re-screw the cap back on!

The bottle has a simple and vintage-y design, reminds me of something out of the 60’s, and the bottle is transparent, so you can see how much product you have left! Some products come with bottles where I cant see through and I never know when it is gonna run out! At least with the Thayers Rose Petal Toner, I’ll know when to repurchase! It also comes with the flip cap, which makes it easy to control how much product you’re gonna use at a time. A lot of toners come with the screw on cap and I always will pour too much out and then? SPILLL! The simplest things matter to me since I have to use these products on a daily basis and I’m always rushing, so I wanna minimize accidents! =D *are you a klutz like me too?*

As you can see, the bottle is SUPER huge, which is something I love, since it is value for money! Its 355 ml! I can tone my face, neck, and shoulders, and it will still last me at least 4-5 months. The toner smells absolutely divine, like roses in a bottle, but not so overpowering that the scent puts you off. The smell lingers for a while, and after 5-10 minutes, only a hint of the smell is noticeable, which is something I appreciate, because I don’t like heavily scented products. It makes me feel suffocated.  😉 

Product description: Made of extract from the Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis Virginiana) and a blend of other time-tested ingredients – THAYERS® Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Formula Astringents and Alcohol-Free Toners are soothing, natural treatments that cleanse, tone and soothe your skin. THAYERS® are the only Witch Hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the Witch Hazel shrub maintaining the highest levels of therapeutic tannins.

Ingredients : Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Rose) Hamamelis Virginiana (THAYERS® proprietary un-distilled Witch Hazel) Extract, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate.
The toner is alcohol free, Paraben free, and Propelyne Glycol Free! Basicaly what it means is that there isn’t any alcohol or preservatives in this toner! So its super safe for use. 

The Thayers Rose Petal Toner comes from the USA, and was developed almost 10 years ago by Rose Thayer. Such a long heritage no? The tagline for the product is actually “Rose’s secret to looking 10 years younger”, since she used to get comments on how young she looked!
The toner retails for RM45.00 only! I think its a good buy since it would last you like forever!
 

I use the toner with the Suzuran Lily Bell Lilian Puff cotton pads that came in the box as well, since toners must always be properly used with cotton pads to aid absorption and to make your life easy as well! What I noticed was that the cotton pads are not like the regular ones I usually use, since it seems to be made of a few separate layers. According to the product description, the cotton pads are made out of 100% cotton, meaning no fuzzies will left after use, which was true by the way! Apparently it is made using superior cotton that is noticeably softer and allows you to reduce your usage of cosmetic products and easily remove makeup and nail polish, since it doesn’t absorb too much product.
It retails for RM9.90 only for 222 cotton pads! Such value for money!

The toner packet

The toner packet

Their name card!

Their name card!

Cotton Pad

Cotton Pad

Personal experience of using the toner: I’ve been using the toner for about two weeks++ now, and after each application of the toner, I feel my skin is much softer, cleaner and supple. The feeling after you apply the toner this weird tingly,cool feeling, like your skin is getting a massage by many many tiny leprechauns or something. LOL. I don’t know how to explain it! Obviously only using a toner isn’t going to miraculously give me beautiful baby’s bottom skin, since skincare is a whole army and regimen of products!  But since incorporating this toner into my daily use, I do see my face is looking much more refreshed. Sometimes it removes dirt that is still embedded in my skin after cleansing! 
Pour toner onto cotton pad, gently wipe, enjoy tingly feeling, and voila!

Pour toner onto cotton pad, gently wipe, enjoy tingly feeling, and voila!

Pros: Cost effective, keeps skin soft and supple, and smells really nice! 
Cons: Heavy bottle, which isn’t really a con, since there is so much product in it!

After using the toner, whats next? For me its my face creams, serums and what not, and Natta has been so kind as to provide me with the Egyptian Magic  All Purpose Skin Cream to try out as well! It is an ALL-NATURAL, multi-purpose, healing skin and hair creme to use for your body, hair, and face to maintain beautiful akin, and it also has healing properties to take care of your skin! To read more about the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, click here!shashay

Answer? Of course Cream!!

Answer? Of course Cream!!

It retails for RM89.90 for the 2oz jar!

OMG wait, I forgot one more item in the unboxing! It was hidden in the corner of the box, so I only found it much later! Natta Cosme actually has a super quirky description of their brand and they actually took the time to print out all of these nicely, plus include the products descriptions! Smething about a galxy far away and all that! Too cute! Read up below!!
I really love that the product description was included since most brands expect you to research about the product yourself. NO LIKE OTHER BRANDS. *hmphhh*

Their descriptions!

Their descriptions!

Exclusively for my readers, you can get RM5 discount for purchase above RM50 with:
Discount code: LOVEBT (Expires by 15/1/2014) 

To purchase the Thayers Rose Petal Toner click here!
To purchase the Suzuran Lily Bell Lilian Puff click here!
To purchase the Egyptian Magic  All Purpose Skin Cream click here!

For more information about Natta Cosme, please visit:
Facebook: fb.com/NattaCosme
Address: 06, Jalan S2D32, City Centre,70300 Seremban 2,
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Also check out what is brewing at the Butterfly Project!
xoxo,
Shashay