This sample body lotion came as a GWP and I've been saving it until now because I wanted a smaller body cream that I could take away with me.

I haven't tried anything from Ahava before so I was interested to see how it went, and after four days' use I'm ready to post on it - especially because there's not quite enough left for a full application tonight so it will soon be finished.

While normally I would test products for longer before reviewing them, with body lotion I don't feel the need to: it's not as though you're waiting for cumulative effects (as eg you would with a facial serum), and a body lotion only has one job in my books. That is, it should hydrate.

Ahava claims/product details:
  • A quick absorbing lotion that increases skin's moisture, providing it with all day comfort
  • Powered by nourishing healthy minerals and the enlivening scent of green plum and sandalwood
  • Aloe vera stimulates and elevates the natural hydration process for smooth, refined skin texture, while witch hazel extracts smooth skin, providing a refreshing, revitalising effect
  • Powering the entire product range is AHAVA's exclusive Osmoter - a perfectly balanced concentrate of Dead Sea minerals that effectively replenishes, rehydrates and recharges the skin
  • Approved for sensitive skin
  • RRP $38.50 AUD for 250ml, but do shop around


This is a nice product but it hasn't convinced me that I need to spend $40 on a body lotion. In my view, there are things to spend money on and things to save money on - and I reckon body products fall in the latter category.

It's a thin, white lotion with a light, refreshing scent - there's something clean and ocean-like about the fragrance that I enjoy. The product is so lightweight in texture that I would almost call it a hybrid gel/cream, so if you don't like heavy body products, then something like this might suit you.

I've been applying this in the evenings after my shower and it's a good time to test something like this because my skin is drier than usual - I guess because it's hot, we're outdoors all day in the sun and I'm probably quite dehydrated.

I like that I don't need to apply too much per application, although I have managed to get through almost 40ml of product in four days so I would be getting through the 250ml full-size in under a month. That to me isn't $40 AUD well-spent.

It spreads and applies well, and while I do think it hydrates, it's nowhere near nourishing enough for my dry skin and my poor body has been feeling rather tight during the testing period. Yes my skin is drier than usual, but a good body cream should help with that and this one hasn't.

It also leaves a tacky film on the skin that won't be for everyone, and while it's not terrible, I'm certainly aware of it. The film also makes me think that not all of the product is absorbing, which could be why it's not moisturising my skin as much as I would like.

On the claims: yes it absorbs quickly but not completely; yes it moisturises but not enough, and it definitely doesn't give me 'all day comfort'; and no I don't think it effectively replenishes, rehydrates and recharges the skin - although it does do these things a little, it doesn't do them enough for me personally.

Overall I think this product is fine but it's not perfect and I certainly wouldn't spend this much on a body cream - especially when I can find better ones in the chemist or supermarket for a fraction of the price.

Nice but not for me.

We received this sample Hourglass Lip Stylo in our last Mecca Beauty Loop box, and I was pleased to receive it because I'd been wanting to try the formula for a while after having heard good things about it.

The thing is, though, that I personally wouldn't throw money at a fancy lip crayon. For some reason I feel like the crayon form 'cheapens' a high-end product, so while I might buy a budget crayon if the formula was amazing (although admittedly I'm not a crayon person anyway), the idea of dropping wads of cash on high-end crayons just doesn't sit well with me.

Maybe I'm weird.

Thankfully I'm pleased to report that the formula is lovely, and while I personally wouldn't rush out and buy one of these, if you're a crayon person then I think the range is worth testing at least.

Do note, though, that in typical crayon fashion you're getting a smaller amount of product for your money - only 2.5g in this case - so that's something to consider because a high-end lipstick might cost you the same but give you 4g of product for your troubles.

Hourglass claims/product details:

  • A fusion of high-impact colour and intense hydration
  • With a precision, wind-up application for a perfected pout whenever, whenever
  • No compromise needed with this tinted, lip-softening solution that delivers full-on pigment in a nourishing, non-drying formulation
  • Enriched with a luxurious blend of shea butter, mimosa and sunflower seed to condition, soften and grant the appearance of a fuller pout
  • Glides on with ease, enveloping lips in buildable colour with a lustrous finish
  • 'Peacemaker' is described as a 'peachy nude'
  • RRP $46 AUD for 2.5g

Below I've photographed the bullet in direct sunlight:

There's a swatch in natural light:

And in indirect sunlight:

My bare lips for reference: 


Wearing the product, indirect sunlight:

And in natural light:


Despite my reservations over the idea of purchasing a lip crayon that costs this much, I can't deny that the formula is beautiful and that I'm really enjoying mine.

It's a standard twist-up arrangement and the product has a scent that's sort of a cross between a lipstick and a crayon (which I suppose makes sense). It's not a particularly enjoyable smell but it's not offensive either.

The product applies smoothly without tugging and it offers an opaque coverage with a swipe on each lip. I love how smooth and creamy it is, and also how hydrating it feels on the lips. It's exactly the kind of formula that my dry lips need, so it has that going for it.

I also love the shiny, flattering finish, and I agree that it gives you the illusion of a fuller pout. It also does something towards plumping up lip lines, although it's not as plumping as many of my glosses are, and you can see in the above photos that it smooths the lips a little but many of my lip lines are still there.

One thing to note about these is that they go on pretty thickly, which of course means that you'll burn through the product - or at least that's what I've done. This little 1.5g sample has been vanishing before my very eyes, so of course the 2.5g full-size wouldn't be a good investment for me because I would finish it too quickly.

'Peacemaker' is a lovely peachy nude shade that should suit a lot of people. It's the kind of colour that you can wear every day and with just about anything, and it's definitely my kind of nude: I'm more of a peachy nude person than I am a pink one.

On the claims: yes this offers great colour payoff and intense hydration; yes it softens the lips and also nourishes them; yes it gives the appearance of a fuller pout and yes it has a lustrous finish.

Do note that the colour isn't long-lasting and it will come off on your coffee cup, but it does hang around longer than other creamy products so that's something to keep in mind. 

Also note that it's a very smooth, plush kind of formula that isn't sticky and that does feel luxurious on the lips, so I'm definitely aware that I'm wearing an expensive product when I use this - which is of course what you want if you're going to spend money on it.

Overall I think this is a great product and the formula is gorgeous. Sure, I'm not about to run out and spend piles of money on a bunch of lip crayons, but I do like this and I'm glad I've had the chance to try it.

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