ROLLY Reviews: ESK Enlighten

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4-n-Butylresorcinol… I can’t pronounce it but let me tell you what it is! 

ESK Enlighten was received in PR from Black Sixteen Agency. All opinions are my own.

What is it? 

(Description provided by brand)

Hyperpigmentation is a broad term used to describe concentrated areas of skin that become discoloured due to excess melanin production. Often harmless and limited to the face, neck, hands and chest, most common forms of hyperpigmentation include solar lentigines, also known as sun, age or liver spots; and melasma.  

While treatment options can include intense pulsed light (IPL), cosmetic surgery and dermabrasion, tyrosinase inhibition is proven to be the most effective and safest treatment to date. Offering a gentle and superior alternative to hydroquinone-based formulations, Enlighten by Evidence Skincare (ESK) uses a relatively new tyrosinase-inhibitor, 4-n-Butylresorcinol (4nB), to lighten skin and reduce future melanin deposits.

Pronounced “4-n-beautal-resorcinol”, 4nB has been proven to be the most effective depigmenting agent when compared to industry alternatives such as hydroquinone, arbutin, azelaic acid, and kojic acid, and produce faster results in as little 6 weeks with less skin irritation.

Formulated with sensitive skin types in mind, Enlighten combines 4nB with antioxidant multitasker, niacinamide (vitamin B3), to help regulate normal skin cell function, improve the skin’s moisture barrier, and reduce the transfer of melanin to keratinocytes where pigment is deposited. In addition to its hyperpigmentation benefits, Enlighten is also shown to help balance sebum production, increase collagen synthesis, and reduce post-inflammatory redness.  

Suitable for daily and long-term use, Enlighten can be paired with other active ingredients, such as vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, for enhanced depigmentation and overall skin rejuvenation. Available globally via Evidence Skincare (ESK)

TL;DR

  • Powerful ingredient that treats hyperpigmentation 
  • Formulated for sensitive skin types
  • Includes niacinamide which can be great for evening skin tone and balancing oil production \suitable for daily and long term use
  • Safe to use in conjunction with other ingredients 

My thoughts 

I was incorporating Enlighten into my nighttime skincare routine because my morning one is hit and miss – sometimes I do it, sometimes I don’t. By using the product at night, I was guaranteed to use it for a considerable length of time to test the effectiveness.

My skin loves niacinamide, and so I was confident using this product on my sensitive skin without any irritation. 

I noticed that after a few days of use, my skin tone did appear more even, and my blemishes looked less red and irritated. 

Note that I do not suffer from hyperpigmentation but do have an uneven skin tone. 

I was very impressed with this product and felt like I saw benefits from using it.

The biggest downside for me, is the price tag. 

Yes you are paying for a quality product, but I can’t afford to be spending that much money on a product I will empty quickly. 

ESK did offer 30% off at Black Friday so I would definitely consider waiting for a sale to repurchase the product. 

For another opinion, you can read IC x Beauty’s review here and The Caryl Edit’s review here.

Enlighten retails for $95 RRP (50g).

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Priceline Skincare & Suncare Sale – Recommendations & Wishlist

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Before we begin, I’d just like to say this is NOT sponsored, but I wish it was 😉

No one can sniff out a bargain better than the Aussie beauty community, I tell ya! Eagle-eyed Kim noticed that the most recent Pricleine catalogue ended on a Monday, which often means a three/four day sale will start on the Tuesday.

A few of my followers with beauty intel shared with me a few more details on the sale too – love you guys! Always on the lookout for a bargain, I love it!

You can find all the details and shop the Priceline sale here.

Recommendations

1. I have shared before how I love the lotion version of this, but I’ve recently discovered the mist version which is great for reapplication throughout the day.

2. This is the best cleansing oil I’ve tried, and bonus, it doesn’t sting my eyes!

3. This was the first Vitamin C product I tried… it’s quite pricey for the amount of product you get, but worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new Vit C.

4. Anadalou masks are pretty popular in the Aussie beauty community- but I’m recommending this one in particular because it gives you that ‘tingly’ sensation your face that makes it feel like it’s actual doing something haha!

5. Bondi Sands Liquid Gold, is quite literally, liquid gold. This develops in just a few hours, and gives you a gorgeous, glowy tan. Super impressed. the Bondi Sands tanning mit is also the best I’ve tried.

6. I’ve really enjoyed using the Bondi Sands fragrance free sunscreen– it’s intended for body but I find it light enough to use on my face as well. It’s quite a lot fo product and so good value for money!

Wishlist

  • anything by Lanolips (I hope they’re included!)
  • Anything by Revolution Skincare
  • Ocean and UV-IQ sunscreens
  • Nip + Fab
  • Tanologist
  • The Base Collective
  • anything by The Ordinary (but I doubt they’ll be included!)
  • Dr Bronners soap – for washing makeup brushes!

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PM Skincare Routine

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Happy “skincare Sunday” everyone!

To be honest, only in the last few months has my Pm skincare routine really developed.

Usually, I would just use three or four products from the same line (Sukin or Neutrogena mostly) and call it a night (literally!)

But since joining the beauty community, I’ve discovered some really cool brands and learnt a lot about skincare.

However, this skincare routine is form last month and has had a bit of a shake up since I originally took the photo (my content is so behind guys ah life!).

Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this combo of products and hope you enjoy the read.

What’s your PM skincare routine like? A few steps, or a lot? 🙊

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser / here

Before I used this cleanser, I always had a ‘tight’ feeling after I washed my face. But I thought that meant it was clean. I’ve since learnt that (thanks to You Beauty), I actually had a damaged skin barrier. I remember the exact episode, but you can read more about it here. Now, my skin truly feels clean but without the tight, uncomfortable sensation. And a little goes a long way! I’ve tried using both balm and oil cleansers in the past but really dislike them. Gel all the way! (gifted)

White Glo Coconut Oil Shine Toothpaste / here

Toothpaste and handcream have been my best beauty discoveries of the year… ha! I love most coconut-scented things so this was right up my alley. It doesn’t leave you with a minty taste of traditional toothpaste but I’ve enjoyed adding it to my night time routine for something different. (gifted)

L’Oreal Laser Renew Glycolic Peel Pads / here

I only use these once a week, and they are just another example of ‘shit I bought for literally no reason’. I mean, they’re nice. But they’re expensive and I don’t really have a place for them in my routine.

Avene Thermal Water / here

No explanation needed. ILY.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream / here

I thought ‘I’m young I don’t need eye cream’ but lol jokes actually I do. A couple of late nights had me with heavy dark bags under my eyes, so I started using this eye cream more consistently. I noticed SUCH a difference. I was also scared because I have sensitive eyes, but this stuff is super gentle. Really impressed. (gifted)

Derma E Vitamin C Serum / here

Vit C is an ingredient I honestly don’t know much about and I only use this because it was gifted to me in a Bella Box and I was participating in #SeptemberSamples. It’s nice, but I am using so many new products on my face that I can’t say if this product alone has got my skin to it’s good place right now. I don’t think I’d repurchase this one, however I would like to discover the brand a bit more. (gifted)

Good Molecules Discoloration Serum / here

Again, because I am using so many new products it is hard to say which one is making a difference. But! This stuff feels super duper hydrating above all else and my skin does have a more even complexion since I’ve stuck to this routine. One particular night when I got home late and tired and other things (ahem), all I did to my face was remove my makeup, put on the Inkey eye cream and this serum, and went to bed. My skin usually freaksssss out after I do a full face of makeup, but I woke up the next day with perfectly normal skin. Therefore, I owe many thanks to this serum. You can only get Good Molecules via Beauty Lish in Aus but even still it is affordable. (gifted)

Sukin Hydration Elixir / here

This was recommended by someone in my early days on IG and I was intrigued because it is part of their ‘ageless’ range. But as you (and I) are probably learning, no age label will stop me from using skincare lol. This oil is pretty thick and you feel it on your face… as in, it takes a bit to soak in. At the same time I bought this, I bought the Skin reship oil as well. But I do have somewhat acne prone skin and I was too scared to use it, so gave it to a friend. The elixir has rosehip, but towards the middle of the ingredient list so it makes me feel better about using it. It has a ‘botanical’ smell and it’s nice- doesn’t clog my pores or anything wild. I will use it until finished but then move on I think. Although, I am impressed by the quality of the product considering the price!

Beaute Pacific Super Fruit Night Cream / here

I didn’t know night cream could be so good. This stuff is thick and delightful and a little bit truly goes a long way (if that helps justify the price tag!). The scent isn’t strong nor lovely but fine enough. Agh, it’s truly heaven. (gifted)

Laolips Coconutter Ointment / here

Lip balm for life… this is one of many on my bedside table but I was using this religiously in the cooler months.

Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream / here

I got this in a gift set in a Christmas sale… I tell you this because yeah it’s nice and it works but I wouldn’t pay $15 for it. Just some food for thought. It smells delish though.

Du’it Tough Hands For Her / here

My holy grail hand cream… it is actually that good. Who knew I would care about hand cream but I actually love this as the final step in my skincare routine. (gifted)

What’s your favourite product in your skincare routine? Tell me in the comments below!

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August Favourites

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August favourites 🌟

Proud of myself for remembering to do this post for the second month in a row 🤗

Actually LOVEEEEEE all the products I’m talking about today. In no particular order…

Floss Beauty Lip Gloss / here

I received this is gloss in the August Bella Box and I literally haven’t stopped wearing it. This shade is JFK and I would describe it as “your lips but better”.

Llivia Beaute Highlighter in Chai / here

This single highlight is honestly crazyyyyy pigmented and lasts on the cheekbones ALL DAY! I also love using it on the inner corners of my eye. It’s the perfect rose gold/champagne mix. Agh – heaven. You might have seen on my IG that I recently bought the Game Changer eyeshadow palette from Llivia too! Can’t wait to play with it!

Tribe Skincare Anti Redness Serum / here

I shared this serum on Instagram and I had a few of my lovely followers literally buy it straight away! Probably because I was preaching it’s incredible effects. I used it on top of my moisturiser one morning and almost like magic, my redness reduced. So impressed. Will definitely repurchase the full size when I get through this mini!

Physicians Formula Blush / unable to find online sorry!

I won this from Fickle Kitten Beauty but actually picked up another one in a Priceline sale earlier in the year. I used this for the first time as an eyeshadow and it is so pigmented and creamy to use. The glitter topping on the blush was also working gorgeously for the eyes, but I’m not sure how I’d use this blush actually on the cheeks.

Australis Setting Spray / here

Not going to lie, I thought setting sprays were a bit of a gimmick (before I used one!) But, since trying this mini, my thoughts have changed! It gives your makeup so much staying power- I’m very impressed. And now I’m intrigued, what’s your fave setting spray?

Ulta3 Serum Foundation / here

I have actually reviewed this foundation here, but to summarise: fresh-faced look with light coverage but won’t last 8 hours without the help of a setting spray! And personally, this foundation is actually a bit hard to get a hold off unless it’s online.

I’d love to know some of your beauty faves from this month- leave them in the comments below!

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Hand cream isn’t just for Grandmas (Du’it: Review)

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Hands up if you love skincare? 🙋‍♀️

Hands up if you love skincare but often forget that “skincare” includes parts of your body that aren’t your face? 🙋‍♀️

#Guilty!

In Winter, it is often too cold to bother with full-body moisturising. All I want to do is go straight from the shower, to pjs, to my bed. Relatable?

But you guys will know from my June Editor’s Letter (here & also lol forgot to do one this month 😬) that taking care of skin other than on my face was a goal of mine.

Happy to say, that thanks to @duitau, I’ve achieved that! Hand cream is not something I would usually pick up for myself. To me, it’s in the category of “gifts for grandma”. The packaging isn’t necessarily *aesthetic* and nothing about it screams “BUY ME” when you see this on the shelf.

Let me tell you, friends, this product ain’t just for grandmas. “Tough Hands For Her” sat on my bedside table and every night (since Friday 5th when I received this!) I applied the hand cream before I went to bed. In the morning, hello baby’s bum hands!

My job is pretty physical and I do a lot of cutting and folding of paper, tearing open boxes, touching stickers and things… so it’s not uncommon for me to get home from a 9 hour shift and have a new paper cut or 12. At the same time, I have my hands on full display to customers as I point here, pass them this or that etc. I put in the effort to paint my nails, but why not the rest of my hand care? This is kinda why I love this handcream so much. It’s minimal effort for maximum results.

It’s very subtly scented, nothing offensive at all. It’s not overly thick or sticky, and “soaks in” almost instantly once rubbed in (which is easy to do!). And, a little goes a long way!

Similarly, I exfoliate my face 2-3 times a week, and my body *occasionally* before shaving but that’s about where it ends.

It was definitely harder to add the Tough Scrub to my every-second-day-routine, but just like the hand cream, I saw big results!

The scrub works similarly a face scrub- removing dead skin and rejuvenating the appearance.

However, I have only used this once. So, the test will be if it’s something I can continue to use on a regular basis. Hand scrubs don’t come as easily to my body care habits as say, brushing my teeth! So time will tell.

And finally, the Vitamin E Cream. Even though I am *loving* using a hand cream now (it makes me feel like an adult haha) this product is the standout in the range!

I have recently started using a whole new array of skin products so it’s hard to say if my skin is enjoying that or this product in particular, but whatever it is, it’s a great combo!

The instructions direct you to apply this face cream twice a day or as needed. It also said it works well as a base under makeup. My eyes nearly popped out of my head!

Yay!

So I quickly discovered my perfect use for this cream.

I pop this on, followed by SPF and then concealer and powder.

My GOSH!

It has a very subtle scent (barely noticeable) and an almost tacky consistency. It’s not at all uncomfortable on the skin. It dries quickly but you can feel that it gives your makeup something to stick to.

I am so impressed with this product. Not only is a it a fabulous primer, it has left my skin looking clear, soft and even.

I saw it when shopping at my local Chemist Warehouse the other day in the body care aisle and honestly, wouldn’t have looked twice at this product if I hadn’t tried it.

I would honestly recommend that everyone tries this Vitamin E cream, because it is sooooo effective and so cheap.

If you’re struggling to find a primer you like- try this!

If you struggle with problem skin and are afraid of trying anything new- try this!

Because remember, it is skin care first. It’s not a makeup product, by definition. Benefit for us is, it works like a makeup product whilst having the benefits of skincare!

For a review of both Tough Hands and Tough Hands For Her, visit @allmyshittymakeup post here.

Buy the Essential Repair Kit here.

Buy the Vitamin E+ Cream here.

Buy the Tough Scrub here.

Buy Tough Hands For Her here or here.

Thank you to Amy at Sweaty Betty PR for kindly sending these Du’it products to me.

All opinions are my own.

These products were exchanged for a genuine review. That is what I have shared. I genuinely do enjoy the products I have tried from Du’it.

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