March Trials

March was a busy month for me in terms of trying new items so I thought I’d put a few of them together and let you know my thoughts. Personally, I’m a huge fan of trying new things as discovering amazing products is what I’m all about (though that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few misses along the way).

sash&belle sofia bag sash&belle sofia bag

Sash&Belle ‘Sofia’ Bag*

Starting with the greatest thing about this bag is obviously the name (who’d argue there’s a better name than Sofia anyway). But in all seriousness, this has been a fantastic addition to my bag collection (which is minimal let me tell you). Since moving house about a month ago, we still haven’t been able to get any internet (classic iinet) so I’ve been going to the library to get WiFi and this bag has been a huge help in carrying all my stuff. It’s spacious and has a separate pocket for your laptop, so you don’t have to carry it in a case as the pocket is lined with protective foam. I really like design, not just because the outside is black and the inside is blue but also because of the practicality of it. There are so many pockets inside, a mini pouch that is great as a pencil case and there are even those pen holder cut outs in the walls. Overall, I’ve been loving having this bag and if you’re after a gorgeous yet functional work/study bag, this is it.

skinfood nz gel cleanser

Skinfood Gel Cleanser*

This is a new brand to Australia, born and produced in New Zealand. It’s a natural brand, containing lots of bio-active food based nutrients (such as guava, mango, papaya and cucumber extract) and it honestly does a great job. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I find that it does a great job removing makeup (though not waterproof), is gentle on the skin and leave it feeling fresh and clean. The only thing I’d say I wasn’t a huge fan of is that the hole from which the cleanser comes out is very big, so you end up with too much product and it’s a bit of a waste. So if you do try this, just be careful when you squeeze it as you only need a little pressure to get a large amount.

caudalie moisture mask

Caudalie Moisturizing Mask

I picked this up a few months ago and have used it quite a few times now. I really like the packaging on this, I’m a big fan of the wooden lid and the whole design in general as it looks very fresh and natural to me. The mask itself comes out almost like a transparent white and I find that a little goes a long way. It doesn’t feel super oily or greasy which is great, however I do also feel that it isn’t quite as hydrating as I’d like it to be. My skin is dry so I definitely need something with a bit more moisture than this, as when I take this off my skin doesn’t feel plump and hydrated. I think this would be better for someone with normal/oily skin types as it’s a very light moisturizing mask.

herbs+heart face mud

Herbs + Heart Face Mud*

I was extremely curious about this when I first got it as the packaging is stunning and the ingredients looked interesting containing manuka honey, orange peel and sandalwood. At first I actually thought it was a mask but after reading the instructions it turns out it’s more of an exfoliate. I’ve tried this a few times and I really like the consistency of it, a little amount if all you need for the whole face and with the large amount of product this will last you ages. It’s quite oily feeling when you put it on but it does leave the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. My only thing with this is the smell. When I first opened it, I actually quite enjoyed the scent, it’s very citrus like. However when you apply it to your whole face, I find the scent is a bit too overpowering for me and it makes the whole experience a lot less pleasurable. However, everyone likes different scents and if you were a huge fan of citrus scents, you’d probably love this!

tarte 4-in-1 mist

Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea 4-in-1 Marine Boosting Mist

If you saw my latest Sephora haul, you’d know I got this recently. In general I’m a bit of the fence about this one. I really like the scent; it’s very fresh and sea-side like. I like the way the actual mist sprays; it’s even and light, not jet like or blotchy. However, I find it doesn’t make my makeup look any different or help it last longer. It’s also not crazy hydrating or anything, so I wouldn’t use it for that. The main thing I like is that it is refreshing and a nice pick-me-up throughout the day. Overall however I don’t think I’d purchase the large size bottle as it just doesn’t do enough to be worth it.

dessata comb

Dessata Detangling Brush*

I absolutely love the colour of this, it’s a beautiful ultra violet shade and is easy to spot in your handbag. The brush is relatively small which is why it’s been hanging around in my bag as it’s convenient and easy to use of the go. My hair is mainly tangled after a shower, however because of the size of the brush it would be super inconvenient to use it for that. But I do find that when I need to quickly brush out my hair throughout the day, it’s a great asset and the bristles do work well.

charlotte tilbury glastonberry lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick

I actually got this back in December when Michael and I were in Europe. This is the shade Glastonberry and it’s the most stunning deep burgundy colour. I loved wearing it throughout winter and recently I put it on again and I know I’ll get amazing use out of it come winter here in Australia. It lasts really well and is easy to apply, not patchy or streaky. Overall I’m a big fan and will definitely be looking into getting more Charlotte Tillbury lipsticks.

And that’s all I have for now! Have you tried any of these before or what have you been enjoying recently? Let me know in the comments!



*These products were kindly gifted to me. However my opinion is always 100% honest and I was not paid/told what to write.



  1. April 4, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I love Dessata brushes! They work so well with my thick hair and I’m so glad that it worked for you as well!

    Cortney ||

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Ahhh glad to hear you love them! xx

  2. coatandcoffee
    April 4, 2018 / 12:17 am

    That bag seems like it would be great for work!! It’s huge! And the Caudalie mask actually seems like something that might work for me (being more oily). Great trails this month! Hope you continue to get on with some of them. 🙂


    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Yeah it’s wonderful for work/uni!! 😀 And yeah I think it would work for you then if you’re more on a oily skin type 🙂 xx

  3. April 3, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    That bag looks so lovely and functional- and it’s named after you! 😉

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Yeah it’s lovely! Haha exactly 😛 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:37 pm

      Yeah it’s lovely, definitely recommend! xx

  4. April 3, 2018 / 1:14 am

    That Herb + Heart Face Mud sounds right up my alley, I don’t mind strong smells and I love citrus scented products, so I don’t think the smell would bother me! That Charlotte Tilbury lipstick also looks so dreamy, the packaging and colour is so stunning!

    Reine | The Blush Luxe

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Yeah you should definitely check it out then, it is a lovely product! And yes the Charlotte Tilbury is gorgeous isn’t it! xx

  5. April 2, 2018 / 4:38 am

    I’ve been looking for a bag like this,
    but I can’t seem to find the perfect one.
    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day!

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Definitely check this one it, it’s amazing for laptop and office supplies! xx

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      It’s lovely 🙂 xx

  6. March 31, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    All amazing picks; love the shade of that lipstick and I definitely need that NZ cleanser in my life! It must be absolutely amazing. Great post Sofia! xx

    Naya //

    • SofiaaDot
      April 4, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Yeah definitely try it out! xx

  7. March 31, 2018 / 3:22 am

    I have the exact same thoughts about the Caudalie Moisturising Mask, I just wish it was a little more hydrating but I love the wooden lid! Looks like such a gorgeous bag too xx

    • SofiaaDot
      March 31, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Haha yesss exactly!! It’s still lovely to use but my dry skin needs a bit more haha xx

    • SofiaaDot
      March 31, 2018 / 7:11 am

      It’s super gentle and a nice pick me up 🙂 xx

  8. Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    March 31, 2018 / 12:07 am

    I would love to try that boosting mist! That bag AND lipstick shade are gorg!


    • SofiaaDot
      March 31, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Yeah the mist is interesting!! It smells amazing! And yeah, they are aren’t they! Thank you 🙂 xx

    • SofiaaDot
      March 31, 2018 / 7:10 am

      Yes they are lovely aren’t they! Xx

  9. March 30, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    What a great mix of things, I really like the bag and the lipstick!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x

    • SofiaaDot
      March 30, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Yeah the bag is gorgeous! And so is the lipstick haha thank you! You also 🙂 xx

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