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New Year, New Skincare Routine

By January 23, 2018 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

The new year is obviously a time of reflection and preparation for all of us. But in this time of bullet journalling and goal setting, how many of us actually think about our skin? Your skin is your biggest organ and definitely one that we tend to forget about. Using the same products year in, year out, is not always the best thing for that pretty visage.

I’ve worked with Mokosh Skincare in the past and have always loved their products, so it was another thrill to get to try out some more of their products. The great thing about Mokosh is that all of their products are water-free. Water is frequently used as a filler or base in a lot of skincare products (typically labelled as Aqua). Whilst there’s nothing technically wrong about that, it does mean that you need to use excessive amounts of product as the water tends to evaporate, leaving your skin slightly dryer whilst forcing you to use more product in order to get those benefits. The absence of water in Mokosh products means that you really don’t need much of it in order to get the full benefits of all the great ingredients.

Being mostly oil based, the Mokosh products are going to hydrate your skin whilst providing beautiful anti-ageing benefits through the combination of oils and antioxidants. The best part? It’s all certified organic, so you can be sure that you aren’t leaving a negative carbon footprint and that all the nasties aren’t going into your skin.

For reference, my skin is combination/balanced and I’m not sensitive or prone to breakouts. I typically layer quite a lot of product on to ensure that each layer of my skin is hydrated. You can of course use different types of products to customise the routine for you.

Cleansing Oil:

This is a lovely, non-emulsifying cleansing oil and makeup remover. Formed from a combination of Pumpkin seed, Jojoba, Baobab and Sesame oils, it’s one of those cleansers that you can put on a cotton round and swipe over your face to cleanse. I find this option great to remove makeup, but for cleansing I want something a little bit more emulsifying and clarifying for my skin. So I tend to massage the oil over my face and then go on with a cleanser on top to remove all the excess dirt and oil. The Mokosh facial cleansing powder is a great option, but any gentle foaming cleanser will also do the trick.

Hydrosol Toner:

I’ve spoken in my previous post about how much I like the Hydrofoil Toner. This is a refreshing blend of Damask Rose and Lemon Balm, leaving you calm, hydrated and with your skin prepped to receive moisture. This is the main reason why a hydrating mist or essence lotion can be so beneficial in your skincare routine. It allows your products to penetrate the skin that bit more effectively.

Elderberry and Chia Seed Beauty Serum:

Make no mistake, this is a facial oil, so if you’re expecting a light glycerin-based serum you’re in the wrong place. I love a good facial oil and this one is no exception. It seems to be a tad lighter than the Raspberry and Pomegranate oil I tried previously and I noticed a huge difference in my skin the morning after using it. It’s very important with this one to use far less then you think. My skin can handle quite a lot of oil on it at night, but with this one I did find that only a few drops on damp skin was more than enough. This oil is comprised of a multitude of oils. Along with the titular Chia and Elderberry you have Baobab, Jojoba, Hemp and Black Cumin seed oils (among others). This blend combines to leave your skin hydrated and fresh. These oils help to control sebum, making this oil the perfect choice for combination and oily skin. And yes, people with oily skin should be adding oil-rich products in order to balance out their naturally occurring face oils. I also run this guy through my brows and lashes to keep them in good condition and to help them grow (if anyone could please invent a lash oil in a mascara tube that would be great kthnx).

Rich Face Cream:

A concentrated blend of Shea Butter, Hemp oil, Macadamia oil, Avocado oil and Evening Primrose oil (among others), this cream is super hydrating and great to rehydrate and sink into the skin at night. This cream is very easy to apply too much, so make sure you use far less then you think and blend it smoothly into the skin. It helps if you’ve let your facial oil settle for about 30seconds before applying the cream. Due to the ingredients, this is definitely a cream that you need to keep in a drawer or cupboard to protect from the sunshine, otherwise it will melt and be a bit more liquid then you want. This is definitely a cream for those of us who have drier or balanced complexion, and I would recommend this one over the Light version for more mature skin.

Sesame and Frankincense Body Oil:

Firstly, isn’t this a beautiful goddamn bottle? Ugh I’m obsessed! This is a lovely blend of Hemp, Black Cumin, Sesame, Frankincense and Rose Geranium oils (among others). The oil blend gives this a spicy aromatic scent, reminiscent slightly of incense, but definitely not too overpowering. I definitely find that this is a body oil to apply after a scrub and with the skin still slightly damp. Having body hair, any sort of body oil can tend to cling a bit, so I definitely need the scrub to enable it to sink in. However if you shave your body or are naturally more hairless it would sink in more easily. My one criticism of this product is although the packaging is stunning, it can be very easy to pour out more than intended. Some sort of covering on the lid of the bottle to limit how much can be poured would be beneficial.

What are you looking to integrate into your skincare routine this year? I’d love to know! Leave me a comment below. Of course you need to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat @infirmofpurpose, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin and Lookbook.

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April Empties

By May 14, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

Let’s go through my trash:

Stefan Shave Oil: Phenomenal, loved every second of using it. It has this effect of clumping up your beardsy bristles so that they’re easier to remove. Great product.

Lush Snow Fairy: Made me smell like a candy scented goddess so what’s not to love?

Bathox Rose and Jasmine Shower Gel: I have bought this quite a number of times now and I always enjoy it. Grab this bad boy from chemist warehouse.

EOS Lip Balm: This was the vanilla mint scent and it was really enjoyable. These are really difficult to find however, so almost not worth the trouble?

Planet Earth Body Lotion: Bought this from Target years ago and it’s just hung on in my cupboard. Bit meh tbh.

Schwarzkopf Silhouette Hairspray: Like me, a bit iconic.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream: I know this is a cult fave, but I don’t rate it tbh.

Garnier Cleansing Milk: I enjoy a good cream cleanser, and this one was no different. I probably wouldn’t buy it again but if you have very sensitive or dry skin it would be a good option.

Moogoo Milk Wash: Possibly the first Moogoo product i’ve used that I haven’t loved.

Lush Mint Julep Lip Scrub: Nice and minty fresh, but seriously just use some caster suger and coconut oil, it’s the same thing.

Indeed Exfoliator: This is a bit of knock off of the Dermalogica Microfoliant. Probably a little less successful than that product if I’m being super critical, but it’s decent.

Savvy Primer: Whilst this may not have done wonders for my skin, it was great for just providing products a base to stick to. And realistically, isn’t that we want them to do?

The Body Shop Facial Oil: Holy shit, this is the best facial oil I’ve ever used. Trust me, try it. You will be blown away.

So Fresh Wipes: I enjoy a moist wipe, and these stay moist. What more can you ask for.


And because I’m lazy, y’all missed out on my March empties, here they are below. Let’s just call this my speed review.

Swisse Cotton Rounds – Did the job

Nivea Makeup Remover -Absolutely awful

Natures Organics Blueberry and Coconut Shampoo – Already have another

Nivea Refreshing Toner – Good

Cream Cleanser – Ugh.

Simple Light Moisturiser – Classic

Schwarzkopf Strong Hairspray – Great

The Body Shop Spiced Apple Hand Cream – My everything

Vitaman Shampoo – Great

Nak Shampoo – Good

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion – Phenomenal

The Body Shop Maca Root Scrub – Don’t rate it

Calvin Klein Eternity – Ok

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Skincare Addiction Increased: Mokosh Skincare

By January 31, 2017 Skincare

Words by Matt Huxley

I am unashamedly a skincare addict. Every time I hear word of a new product launch, a new technology that’s being released or a new “miracle” product that has been discovered I actually get heart palpitations. I get more excited than at a buffet. Didn’t even think that was possible tbh.

However being a skincare addict comes with disadvantages. You’re in a permanent state of poverty, you are forced to send other people into Priceline for the basics like cotton rounds; lest you find yourself with a basket wandering the aisles, and you are required to undertake research to figure out exactly what is in the shit that you’re piling on your mug.

That’s where Mokosh Skincare comes in. I’ve been following these legends on Insta for ages, admiring their certified organic approach to skincare. Their products are made solely of ethically sourced botanical extracts, meaning that they’re fantastic for your skin. Plus they’re Aussie made. I was lucky enough to test out a few of their goodies, so you can get my thoughts below.

Facial Cleanser/Exfoliator/Mask
This Oat flour based exfoliant comes in the most epic jar tbh. Love it. It’s a gentle exfoliator that can feasibly be used daily (I found that I preferred it every second day as a scrub). I do struggle with 3 in 1’s most of the time, however I feel that this one works as all 3 pretty competently. The powder form is also cool in that you can mix it with other cleansers if you want to dilute it somewhat. It’s a versatile product.

Pure Hydrosol Toner
Ahhh I love misting toners, and this one is no different. Produced from damask rose and lemon balm, this cooling spritz is the perfect prep for moisturisers and serums. It’s really light and calming as well on the skin. My one issue? There’s not enough of it!

Raspberry and Pomegranate Beauty Serum
Whilst this is marketed as a serum, don’t be fooled, it’s a facial oil. And a damn good one at that. The blend of oils sinks effortlessly into the skin, leaving much less residue than others. I also found it to be very hydrating (obviously), but without saturating the skin. My actual favourite out of all the products I tried.

Light Face Cream
Look tbh, whilst I liked this cream, in no way in my mind is it light. On my skin at least it’s a rich blend of shea butter and oils. Having said that, it provides the utmost levels of hydration, and I have no doubt that on dry-very dry skin types this would get sucked up like ice cream in the same house as me. You get a shitload of product with this bad boy though. It’s a big jar for a face cream, and by only using the half pea sized amount that you’re instructed to, this will last for ages.

Coconut and Blackcurrant Lip Balm
A lovely, hydrating lip balm to get you through the day. It feels the same way as Lucas’ Pawpaw, but without any of the petroleum jelly. If anything, I wanted more and more blackcurrant! Can you tell that I love those sorts of scents?

Make sure you check out all the other fabulous products that Mokosh stock here!

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Xmas @ Lush

By December 6, 2016 Words

Words by Matt Huxley

I am out and proud. I am a grinch and I know it. Screw Cindy-Lou Who and all that cheery crap, let’s just get this sweltering period of time over with.

The one thing (other than Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes obvs) that warms the cold cockles of my heart is the new Lush Christmas range each year. They never fail to disappoint me with their blend of old favourites and new innovations.

Old faves this year include the permanent faves Rose Jam and Snow Fairy, as well as the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb. And thank god they were all brought back, there’d be a mutiny in the streets if they weren’t.

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Rising above the bath bomb hubbub like the Great Pyramid, the Golden Wonder is a sweet orange and lime scented extravaganza. Featuring a turquoise interior, this bad boy is like bathing in a tub of neon champagne.

Peeping Santa Bubble Bar

This little red cutie fills your tub with a delicious floral scent. Notes of Geranium punctuate the air as you crumble this guy under the running water. Tonnes of luxuriously fluffy bubbles abound.

Rose Jam

Bae. Literally bae. Sorry KFC you’ve been replaced by something that I can’t even eat. I need this in my life all year round. Smelling like turkish delight, this deep red shower gel smells so delectable. I can’t even. Plus it’s packed with Argan Oil, meaning that it’s super moisturising for the skin.

Snow Fairy

The quintessential Lush scent. This fairy has been around for yonks and you will either love it or hate it. Personally I don’t mind the occasional candy-sweet scent, so this one is totally my jam. But I know people who equally despise it.

Christingle Body Conditioner

This pot was a new one for me, and I was definitely excited to test out all its pepperminty goodness. I’ve been exposed to peppermint shower gels before, but silly me didn’t really think they’d all be the same did I? PSA: don’t put this bad boy on your nether regions, you will tingle, but not in a good way. In fact I’d liken it to a cold burn. Leaves you hopping round the shower trying to wash the fucker off! That being said, everywhere else the tingle is quite pleasant, and its hydration aspects can’t be ignored! Just avoid the “bits” and round back.

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