Cactus Skincare – Gentle Exfoliant and Intense Eye creme

An invigorating facial scrub and nourishing eye cream are two must-have products in every woman’s beauty routine.

Cactus Skincare makes a luxe version of both from natural and organic ingredients to nurture, protect and enhance your skin. As most of my regular readers already know, I am a massive fan of Cactus Skincare products. You can read past write-ups here:

So it will surely come as no surprise to any of you that I recently bought and trialed their Gentle Exfoliant and Intense Eye Crème.

The Gentle Exfoliant is made for all skin types from Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil, White Clay, Pink Clay, Nettle Extract, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Rosehip Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Jojoba Beads and Beeswax. I use it once per week after cleansing with my Cactus Skincare Lemon Myrtle Cleanser and find it helps keep my skin looking polished and vibrant.

Although I have quite sensitive skin, this scrub is non-irritating, but still gritty enough to clean away dead skin particles leaving my skin supple and smooth. The smell is mild and pleasant too!

After using the scrub!

After using the scrub!

The sumptuous Intense Eye Crème is infused with protective oils to nourish and seal the skin, preventing moisture loss (which, in particular, occurs in dry weather). The cream contains a blend of Rose Oil, Chamomile Extract, Evening Primrose Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E, which are credited with plumping and hydrating the eye area to prevent the development of unsightly wrinkles!

I love the texture of this cream and how it is easily absorbed by the skin under my eye area. As for its anti-aging properties, I guess only time will tell!

As always, my Cactus Skincare products arrived wrapped in the most beautiful packaging. I felt very spoilt indeed!

Puretopia: NSS Advertorial

“Our goal was to create a generation 3 natural, hair, skin and body care range that understood the needs of women. Our research showed that being healthy, avoiding chemicals, seeking natural options and skin sensitivity are the leading drivers that influence your choices when it comes to product selection.”

Puretopia is an affordable skincare range made from highly potent pure natural bio-actives. Its products have been developed in conjunction with a team of scientists to provide optimal nutrition for skin and hair.

The brand is against animal testing and the use of synthetic fragrances, parabens, skin-drying sulfates, artificial colours, phthalates, propylene glycol, DEA, TEA and silicones.

At NSS, we think Puretopia products are worth a try!


Puretopia’s Insta Moisture with SPF15 (RRP $14.99): A daily moisturiser which includes two superior peptide complexes to regulate skin activity and stimulate collagen production to combat ageing. The formula also contains vitamin C to brighten and clarify skin and even out skin tone.

Puretopia’s Refresh & Balance Hydrating Soothing Mist & Toner (RRP $14.99): With natural actives such as aloe to soothe, witch hazel to purify and vitamin C for brightening, this mist can be used as a toner in your daily skincare regimen or as a ‘refresh’ spray to keep skin cool and hydrated on warm summer days.

Puretopia’s Pert & Plump Lip Cream (RRP $14.99): A lightweight formula enriched with an active oligopeptide complex, shea butter and vitamin E to soothe irritated skin, stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity. Used daily, lips will feel smother, firmer and develop an overall plump appearance.

Puretopia’s Glowingly Smooth Exfoliating & Renewing Body Polish (RRP $14.95):  A gentle scrub containing Amazonian acai berry and guarana to remove excess oil and dead skin cells leaving skin feeling clean and invigorated. The reviews on Beauty Heaven speak volumes about this product! Check them out.

NSS Loves...Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm for the Eye and Lip Area

A good eye cream is often hard to come by and yet it is the single most important product in any woman’s beauty regimen. Being so delicate and thin, the skin around the eye area tends to show the first signs of aging. For this reason, it’s important to keep that area of the skin well moisturised with a good eye cream.

 I have been on a quest for the 'perfect' eye cream since my early teens, finding many to be quite greasy or too heavy for my eye area.  But, alas, I think my journey may finally be over.

 I was recently given a sample of Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm for the Eye and Lip Area and I am almost a sworn convert.  The cream contains a concentrated dose of essential vitamins A, C and E, grape seed oil and red seaweed extract, which work to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.  It is also infused with extracts of licorice, chamomile and green tea to calm and protect skin.

I’ve been using Dermalogica’s cream both morning and night for the past few days and though it hasn’t worked miracles (i.e. I still have dark circles and some fine lines), my eye area feels a lot smoother and more hydrated. The cream acts as a good primer for my concealer too.

Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm cream absorbs easily and gently into my skin without causing any irritation and is, thankfully, fragrance free. I once used an expensive eye cream that smelt like sour milk; needless to say I didn’t buy it again!

I am going to persist with this one and might I dare recommend you try it too?

- Michelle, Editor xx


Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Power Firm can be purchased from the Dermalogica website for $68AUD (15ml tube):