I hate to admit it, but back when I worked at my former spiritual home, Mecca Cosmetica, I was a brand snob and a firm believer in ‘you get what you pay for’.  Ironically, I got a lot of stuff for free, as well as a very generous staff discount and allowance.  That’s not to say that my name didn’t almost always appear on the top customers list.  Yikes, considering my discount, that’s a lot of product.

These days, without those perks and the array of luxurious products at my fingertips, I have had to change my attitude.  It’s not that I don’t think all that stuff is still amazing, it is.  I just can’t really justify the spend with a) my new lifestyle, and b) the discovery of some really great affordable brands.  Don’t get me wrong though, I still like to splurge on beautifully packaged and ridiculously effective high end goodies.  A girl’s gotta treat herself sometimes, you know…but I also love a bargain.

I can’t remember my first Sukin purchase, but I can remember being impressed.  The stuff actually worked.  The ingredient list was impressive and it made my skin feel great.  Things were a bit ‘budgetty’ at the time, so the price point was also a welcome change to our bank balance.  With a natural, carbon neutral, cruelty free brand, available at my local pharmacy, with packaging worthy of displaying in my bathroom, it didn’t take me long to stock my cabinet with quite a bit more Sukin. (When I say ‘displaying’ and ‘cabinet’, I mean ‘strewn all over the bench top and shower floor’).

Sukin products are great to have on hand to perform basic beauty tasks without skimping on quality ingredients or efficacy.

The Foaming Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Mist Toner and Nourishing Lip Treatment, work just as well as any others I’ve tried and have become my trusty skin care staples – with all of them coming in under $10 each, why wouldn’t they?  And with super affordable products like the Antioxidant Eye Serum and Botanical Hydration Booster, there is absolutely no excuse to neglect your eye area, or leave your parched skin begging for nourishment.  These two products are truly awesome.  For me, although the eye serum isn’t the best I’ve had, it leaves my skin feeling comfortable, hydrated and firmer, without feeling heavy or greasy under makeup.  Even if you do pump out a little too much and it becomes more of an all over moisturiser, it’s cool, because you get an absolute tonne of it, and it lasts forever.  I need a whole new paragraph, if not post, to talk about the Botanical Hydration Booster, so please, keep reading…

Oh I love an oil.  For my face, hair, body, whatever.  Just get it on me.  The – and here’s it’s full name – Purely Ageless Botanical Hydration Booster, is a face oil and it is ah-mazing.  It honestly smells like, and has a very similar ingredient list, to a luxury face oil that sells for over $200.  The Sukin oil is $24, and delivers exactly the same results.  It has an intoxicating fragrance from the beautiful blend of aromatic essential oils, including my all time favourite, Ylang Ylang.  Combined with proven skin care heroes, like Argan oil and Immortelle, as well as antioxidant vitamins A and E, this wonderful elixir is a beauty making powerhouse.  The texture is light and can be used alone or as a serum under moisturiser.  Day or night, it doesn’t matter, just get it on you.  I know other oils will ignite my interest and capture my heart, but the Botanical Hydration Booster will be my true love forever…or until it’s discontinued.

Sukin also do a full hair and body range, including a great self tanning gel.  I think I have tried just about every self tan known to man, and after reading some great reviews, I gave the Sunless Bronzing Gel a crack too.  It’s a total winner.  I apply it with my Mecca Cosmetica Sunless Tanning Mitt, and although I still need to perfect my foot area application, the rest of it looks really even and natural.  It’s not super dark, but it cuts the whiteness and gives a beautiful bronze colour.  Not yellow, orange or green, just a naturally sunkissed bronzed.  The trick is to not be heavy handed and only apply small amounts and build the colour if necessary.  It dries super fast and is the least stinky of all the brands I’ve tried.  You could safely put it on in the morning and leave the house in this one, without looking like an Oompa Loompa.  A great prep for your Bronzing Gel is the Purifying Body Scrub.  Unlike many scrubs, the exfoliating bits in this one don’t dissolve straight away, giving you time to get a decent polish on.  Micro particles of bamboo and ground walnut shells are set in a creamy base of rose hip, jojoba and sesame, which doesn’t leave a film on the skin, so you can do it directly before your tan application.  Again, for $13, it’s easy to justify having this on hand all the time.

I haven’t tried everything in the range yet, but I bought the Purely Ageless Intensive Firming Serum and Replenishing Night Cream yesterday, so I’ll let you know how I go with them soon.  If like me, you have dismissed Sukin because, god forbid, nothing that cheap could possibly be good enough for you, then pull your head out of your bum and go have a little shop.  I highly recommend it.

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