Priceline skincare goodies bag, winter 2018


I bought this back in May once my skincare spending ban had lifted, because I had some holes in my collection after my no buy so the products in here were going to plug some gaps.

Plus a few of the qualifying brands were 40% off when the bag was available, so I could buy things I needed at a good discount and also get some free stuff at the same time.

And although I'm six weeks late, I still want to get this little unboxing post up so you can see what was in the bag and what I thought of it! This might help you decide whether or not to buy the next one.

Let's have a quick look.

First up, these are the four products I bought in order to qualify for the bag.

Skin Physics Dragon's Bloood Ultra Plumping Night Cream and 3 in 1 Advanced Treatment Cleanser

This brand was 40% off and I haven't tried much from it so I thought I'd give it a go. The night cream normally retails for $70 AUD - expensive for a pharmacy brand - and I do need a night cream so I thought I'd use the opportunity to buy it at a discount. It's described as a restoring cream that will treat the signs of ageing while you sleep.

The cleanser only cost me $11 AUD on special and it doesn't contain any nasties (like SLS), plus it includes AHA fruit extracts and other goodies so I'm hoping that it's gentle while still being effective. I don't need any more cleansers but I liked the sound of this one and I couldn't let it go at that price.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Oil and Bondi Sands Liquid Gold

These are both repeat purchases for me and they were also 40% off so it made sense for me to get them because I love them.

Mind you, I haven't tried this particular version of the Palmer's body oil but I'm hoping it will be just as good as the original (only more coconut-y) and I can't wait to use it.

The Bondi Sands tanning oil is my HG (I've reviewed it here) and I wanted to replace the one I'd just finished. I'm currently using a different Bondi Sands tanning oil that I don't like nearly as much, so it will be good to eventually return to this one.

Now for the products I received in the bag...

Blessed by Nature Hydrating Mist Facial Toner

This should soothe, tone and refine the skin, and it's also designed to absorb excess oils on areas of the face that are too oily.

I've actually been using it since I got the bag because it filled an immediate gap in my skincare collection, and while it's ok, it irritates the skin on my neck so I don't think it's the best product for dry or sensitive skin. I'll review it soon so stay tuned for that if you're interested.

Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water

Full review here. When I saw that this was in the bag, I remembered that it was fine - and even though I prefer Garnier's offering, this one works and I'll definitely use it.

It's your standard micellar water that removes makeup and gets your skin ready for cleansing. I was happy enough to see this in the bag because I don't have much makeup remover left so this one will fill a gap in my collection and save me a purchase.

Andalou Naturals Brightening Meyer Lemon Creamy Cleanser

This contains all sorts of goodies - vitamin c, manuka honey, enzymes and antioxidants - and it should cleanse the skin while also targeting tone and texture.

I hadn't heard of this brand before so I'll be interested to see how this fares. I'm currently working hard to get through a couple of the large cleansers I have open, and I'm hoping to finish them in the next two months so I can finally bring something new into circulation. Looking forward.

Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub

This contains jojoba beads and ground bamboo to offer the skin a gentle polish. A blend of kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley impart detoxifying antioxidants and vitamins on the skin, while pineapple, licorice and lime peel promote a clear, radiant complexion. A burst of cranberry provides an invigorating scent to refresh the senses.

This sounds yummy and I can't wait to try it. Again, though, I currently have two facial exfoliants open and I need to get through one of them before opening another one. Thankfully one of them is a travel-size and I'm not too far off finishing it, so this will happen soon enough.

Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser

This is a foaming cleanser that doesn't contain SLS (although it does contain fragrance), and while the ingredients list otherwise looks ok, a lot of people have commented that it strips their skin so I might skip this and pass it on to someone who's skin isn't as dry or sensitive as mine is.

We'll see, though. I do like to review any products that come my way that I haven't reviewed yet, so I may still try it and then just use it as a body wash if it doesn't suit my skin.

Freezeframe Flash White

This is an odd product and I'm not sure how I'll go with it, but I'll try it anyway.

It apparently contains concentrated brightening beads, which whiten and even out the skin. The product should create a white filter effect for instantly fairer, more radiant and unified skin. It also reduces melanin and skin darkening, protects against UV oxidation and reduces wrinkle appearance.

I've got no interest in whiter skin (quite the reverse!), but if it has a blurring effect and evens out my skin, then it might be ok. We'll see.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Everywhere Mini Balm

This claims to hydrate and nourish with natural cocoa and mango butters. You can use it anywhere that skin needs a little extra moisture - lips, cuticles, dry spots etc.

I tend to use products like this on my dry feet unless they're good on the lips (which most of them aren't: they're usually too slippery), so I suspect that's where I'll end up using this one. We'll see.

Thursday Plantation Macadamia Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm

This claims to moisturise and nourish dry, cracked or chapped lips. I've already opened it, and as I suspected (see my comments above), it's super slippery and therefore useless as a lip balm because it travels everywhere so I end up with it in my mouth and of course it transfers in a heartbeat.

I'll end up using it on my feet, but first I need to finish off the product I'm currently using for that purpose.

Biore Baking Soda Acne Scrub

This is meant to unclog pores and reduce breakouts, and it's designed for combination skin. You may remember that I tried a different product in this Biore Baking Soda line a while ago and absolutely hated it (it killed my skin), so I'm definitely not going to use this and I plan to send it to a better home.

Dermal Therapy Hand Balm

Full review here. This product claims to hydrate and soften very dry or cracked hands within three days, and I can tell you that it absolutely works. 

It mightn't look like much (and it also doesn't smell great), but all is forgiven because it's the perfect hand cream for anyone whose hands are in serious need of TLC. Looking forward to using it again.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser

This is only a 10ml sample but I haven't tried much from this brand so I'll be interested to see how the product goes. 

It's described as a superfood powerhouse complex of kale, watercress and almond oil, which enriches skin with deep vitamin nourishment and protects against external aggressions that can cause dry skin. Concentrated aloe vera and shea butter help to further soothe and improve skin texture, providing long-lasting hydration.

Sounds good to me. 

Nivea Invisible Black & White Fresh Roll-on

This is a standard roll-on deodorant that I've used before. I can't remember how well it works so I can't comment on that, and I generally don't bother reviewing things like deodorant and toothpaste (the boring stuff ; )) on this blog because otherwise I would never get through all my other posts.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc

I've heard a lot of good things about this product and I've always wanted to try it but have never bought it because I have dry skin and it's not designed for me.

It's described as a purifying, soothing and mattifying mist, enriched with zinc sulphate to target the key signs of oily and acne-prone skin. The minimalist formula contains just three ingredients - zinc sulphate, sodium chloride and purified water - which target blemishes, marks and excess oil for a fresh and visibly mattified complexion.

It probably won't suit my skin but I'm looking forward to trying it anyway.

Last up, a tanning mitt from Bondi Sands and a couple of charcoal masks from Skin Physics and 7th Heaven.

I might end up sending the masks to a better home (especially the sheet one) because I'm drowning in masks at the moment, but I guess we'll see.

In sum

Phew. This post took me ages. But I'm glad it's done and I hope it's been useful for those of you who like to see just what's in these bags.

As for whether I think it was worth my four purchases, I reckon that because I needed to buy some skincare anyway and also because the contents of the bag have plugged a few holes in my collection, it was worth it for me personally: it's money I would have spent anyway.

But if you're just going to spend money in order to get this, I'm not sure it's worth that because you'll end up with a lot of stuff that doesn't necessarily suit your skin. It all depends on your personal situation: if you need skincare, then go ahead. If you don't, let it go.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

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