Back in April I purchased a few products from the newly launched Go-To Skin Care range by Aussie beauty expert Zoe Foster-Blake (you can read about this here). Since then I have purchased the rest of the items (the Swipeys and the Exceptionoil) in the very affordable, basic range and as I’d promised to review the products, I thought I might as well do it be before the year comes to an end. So here goes, my review of Go-To – happy reading!
Lips!: Go-To Lips! is THE ultimate lip balm. If you read one piece of advice today make it this: get online and buy this go to product for you makeup bags, stat! Everything about this lip balm is perfect – from its smell, texture and consistency, to the sheen it gives the lips when wearing it alone and the moisturisation (is that even a word?) it provides when wearing as a base/primer under lipstick. It’s also only $14.95, so go crazy and buy one for your handbag, makeup bag, gym bag and bum bag (jokes, obviously. Unless you own one, in which case, go for it!). One small thing though… Be very careful when you near the end of the tube! If you squeeze it too hard get every last bit out (because it’s SO GOOD that you can’t waste any) the tube tends to spilt on the sides and the lip balm may seep out* (I overcame this by storing the lip balm in a snap-lock bag in my handbag and used what I didn’t need on my lips as a cuticle balm). Overall I love, love, LOVE this lip balm and I’m just about to place a new order of this beauty for myself and to give as Christmas gifts to some of my (very lucky) girlfriends!
*This is might have only happened to me as maybe I tried bit too forcefully to get out every last drop while waiting for my new shipment of the stuff to arrive!
Exfoliating Swipeys: I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this product. Love: because the tingly, exfoliating feeling on the skin is sensational – it’s like you can really feel the AHAs working into the skin, scrubbing away the impurities and leaving your face feeling soft, smooth and supple. Also, there are 50 individual pads in the pot (which is $45.95), so really do last for ages – nearly two months if you’re using them every second day as recommended. Hate: because I want to use the Swipeys ALL THE TIME, but you can only use one every second day as you’ll risk over exfoliating and damaging the skin (Zoe, if you’re reading this – as much as I’ve wanted too, I promise I haven’t over exfoliated!) Overall? I would absolutely buy again as I genuinely look forward to (and possibly get excited about) my Swipeys exfoliating days!
Properly Clean: LOVE. Most cleansers I’ve tried in the past, whether they are foams, gels or cream cleansers are just too harsh for my skin and leave my face very ‘tight’ and dry. I have come across a few nice ‘Department store’ cleansers that I’ve liked and have been good for my skin but I haven’t absolutely loved them so couldn’t justify their large price tag. But alas, I’ve finally found my go to cleanser! Properly Clean is only $29.95 and is without a doubt the BEST cleanser I have ever used on my skin (which is probably best described as ‘combination’ – some parts oily, some parts dry). If I’m wearing makeup, my usual routine is to remove my eye and lip make up with some Cetaphil cleanser and warm water, then pump out 1 – 2 pumps of Property Clean and massage into my skin, which leaves it feeling fresh and soft. If I’m feeling particularly dirty (e.g. have been exercising or wearing a lot of makeup), I might do two rounds of the cleanser to get rid of the excess sweat/makeup, and it still doesn’t dry out my skin. While the Properly Clean would probably remove eye makeup without stinging/burning the eyes, using Cetaphil as an eye makeup remover works for me, so I think I’ll keep with this step.
Very Useful Face Cream: I like the theory of this face cream (all the good stuff it contains, no skin baddies like parabens or sulphates, its subtle, natural smell and price of only $39.95), but for me it just wasn’t quite right. I didn’t love its consistency as it tended to ‘slide’ off my skin rather than skin in and its texture had an unusual ‘squeaky’ feeling. I think this is pretty common with such a natural product, but for this reason I didn’t find it the best under my primer or makeup. However, that’s not to say it’s not a great moisturiser – I still loved using it on my décolletage and as a hand cream, so for those of you keen on trying the Go-To range, I would recommend giving it a go.
Exceptionoil: What an exceptional, versatile, beautiful product – use it as a hand cream, body cream, eye cream, face serum, illuminator (mix a drop with foundation for an ultimate glow), cuticle balm, hair oil, bath oil… the list could go on. And at only $49.95, the do-it-all Exceptionoil is exceptional value. The smell is glorious to, so fresh and summery – my boyfriend says it reminds him of childhood holiday’s to the tropical Cook Islands where his mother’s family hails from, so even he, a tradie and typical boys-boy, loves using it.
Overall I would (and have) purchased 4 out the 5 Go-To products again and will continue to use them as long as they work for my skin! Thank you to Zoe Foster-Blake for tapping into her years of beauty knowledge to create such a marvellous range of go to skin care – my only hope is that there are more products in the works (a tinted moisturiser with SPF 30+ and an eye cream would be fab, thanks Zoe!)
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