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Friday, 13 December 2013

Soap & Glory Limited Edition Deal!

Hey there beauties. Xmas is so quickly approaching and I have done hardly any shopping, whoops! I am sure that I will be hitting the shops this weekend to get better organised. I find it so hard to resist buying things for myself when I am shopping for others and this deal I am going to tell you about may be on your wish list too.


Soap & Glory have a mega fab deal that comes out every Xmas and this year they have done it once again. This fabulous limited edition Jonathan Saunders bag contains 9 Soap & Glory products. Because this gift set has been reduced from £60 down to £27 that works out at £3 per product plus the bag!

Products Included:



Body Wash

Body Cream

Foot Mask

Hand Cream

Face Cleanser

Super Volume Mascara

Body Buffer

Body Lotion

Lip Plumping Gloss

Toiletry Bag

You could purchase this gift set with friends or family if there are particular products that each of you favour too.

To grab this deal before it sells out hurry along to your nearest Boots store or purchase from boots.com

Will you be taking part in this amazing deal? Let me know your favourite items from this gift set with reasons why in the comments below.



Love to you all

Friday, 20 September 2013

My Beauty Cutey Skincare & Fake Tan Wish List

Hi there beauties. What are you up to now that it's Friday night and the weekend is finally here? I have a pretty quiet weekend on the cards with just a few jobs to do and a lot of blogging.



I have guest blogged at Beauty Cutey and wanted to share the link with you. The post is 'My Beauty Cutey Skincare & Fake Tan Wish List'.

My aim was to find the best products on the Beauty Cutey website for my needs which is all explained within the post.

There are many fab make-up, skincare, hair care, nails and fake tan products on the website so check them out in this link!

Let me know if you have tried any of the products on my wish list or from the Beauty Cutey website and your thoughts on them in the comments below. I would also love to hear your wish list picks from the Beauty Cutey website :)


Love to you all

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Crystal Clear Skincare Follow Up Review

Hi Everyone. I hope you have all been having a great weekend. Today I have a follow up review for you of products from Crystal Clear Skincare. Here is my initial post where I attended the #liftawaytheyears event, link.

I am going to talk about each product that I received at the event for free and have been thoroughly testing out.


Far Left: Wipe Away The Years Anti-Ageing Cleansing Milk, £27.00 for 200ml

Rather than massaging into skin and wiping any excess off with a cotton pad I squeezed two pumps onto a cotton pad and wiped it around the contours of my face and neck to cleanse. As it says to avoid contact with the eyes I used a face wipe to cleanse around that area. I do love the scent of this product and it was nice to use, but I do think it's a bit pricey as other cleansing lotions like this have worked just as well for me at a cheaper price. I did not clean the bottles before taking this photo as I wanted you to see that for some unknown reason it gets a bit gunky at the top. This may be from the moisture in my bathroom so it may not happen if you keep it in your bedroom? I think this is a good size, but I think different size options would be better as travellers may find this too large to pack.

2nd From Left: Stay Young Intense Anti-Ageing Serum Moisturiser, 30ml Comes With The Wand

This was a lotion formula that was meant to be squeezed into the wand (far right) and massaged into the face and neck. This felt really nice on my skin even without the wand. I would say this 30ml tube lasted about 1 month when used twice a day.

2nd From Right: Intense Anti-Ageing Serum, £60.00 for 50ml

Again I did not clean the top to show you that it gets a little gunky too. I used this both with the wand and without. This has a serum gel consistency. I really like how this feels on my skin. It feels like a treat :) The bottle is a bit dense and a little hefty which I think is not necessary. I prefer this to the moisturiser version that comes with the wand, but they are both really nice to use.

Far Right: Lift Away The Years Wand, £59.99 Comes With 30ml Anti-Ageing Serum Moisturiser

I do really like this device. I did try both the serum and serum moisturiser with this by squeezing product into the top of the wand, screwing it back on and manoeuvring it around my face and neck to work the product into my skin. I did not find that the product came out evenly from the roller ball though even when I added more product than was recommended so I decided to use it in my own way and I much prefer it. After cleansing I apply the serum to my face and neck with my hands not rubbing in, but spreading over. I then start from the bottom of my neck and work the wand upwards over my chin. I then work around the contours of my face applying pressure to make my muscles work and add definition where I want. I sculpt my cheekbones and slim my face by working from under the cheekbones out towards my ear. I then work towards my nose on the other side of my cheekbones. I gently, but firmly work from under the inner of the eyes pulling up and out towards my temples. I then work from the centre of my forehead out towards my temples and repeat all of this on the other side of my face. I repeat these movements on each area a few times and hold when pulling upwards for a couple of seconds as muscle has memory and this helps the definition to be more prominent. I repeat the whole process twice. I finish off with a massage to each temple for a few seconds as I find it relaxing. I do this by slowly circling the area. I follow this process morning and night. 

I would definitely say that the lift away the years wand is a valuable tool to have as a part of your skin care routine for any age to aid in maintaining youthful skin, uplifting the face and neck. I notice the difference mostly in my cheekbone area. My skin feels more plumped and defined. I do really enjoy using the serum, but I will try using this wand with other serums and moisturisers too. 

Overall I am very impressed that by using this simple tool twice a day for as little as 2 minutes at a time my skin looks more uplifted and I enjoy using it as it's a pampering massage that I can give to myself whenever I want. I really like the serum too, but I think the price tag is a bit high so I will look for alternatives once mine is all used up.

Have you tried any Crystal Clear products or treatments? Which ones do you like/dislike and why? Let me know in the comments below.



Love to you all

Sunday, 21 April 2013

E.L.F. 50% Off Haul

Hi my beautiful people. I am sitting here munching on some tasty strawberries and typing with one finger. Now that's dedicated blogging, ha ha ;) Recently I picked up some products in the E.L.F. 50% off sale so I thought why not show them to you with swatches included :)


Far Left: Mineral Face Cleanser, £6.00 for 50g

This water-activated, powder based cleanser works to clean and exfoliate the skin for a beautiful healthy glow. 

Moisten hands and face with water. Pour a small amount into hands and rub together. Gently massage into face and neck and rinse off. Use morning and night or as desired. 

I usually only exfoliate my face and neck twice a week with facial cleansers/scrubs, but I found I was able to use this type of product daily. I really enjoyed using the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant which I previously reviewed here. I thought this might be a cheaper alternative if it works just as well. The bottle has a flip top lid with three holes to shake the product out. The bottle is just over half full with product so it could be smaller.

2nd From Left: Studio Concealer Ivory, £3.75 for 3g

Conceal acne spots, discolouration, under-eye darkness or any other place desired with this twist up concealer. The creamy lightweight texture blends evenly for a natural full coverage that lasts.

Apply to areas that need additional coverage. Gently pat onto skin and blend with fingertips or a concealer brush.


This is a very peachy stick concealer that I purchased to use under the eyes, but I will see how it covers blemishes too. The stick is a little smaller than I thought it would be, but a good size to sweep easily under the eyes I think. I hope it will work well.

2nd From Right: Studio Translucent Matifying Powder, £3.75 for 3.8g

This translucent powder works on a wide variety of skin tones to help set your makeup in so it lasts longer. 

Use the sponge to blend in the powder over the face, neck and decolletage as a setting powder. Reapply as needed throughout the day for a refreshed look.

(Sponge Applicator contains Latex)

I previously reviewed this product here.

Far Right: Studio Makeup Mist & Set, £3.75 for 60ml

Keep your makeup in place all day with a radiance boosting invisible hold.

After you have applied your makeup spray a light mist 12-16 inches from your face with eyes closed to set your makeup in place or use for a quick touch up throughout the day to refresh your makeup. Let it dry naturally or blot with a tissue to help speed dry.

Previously reviewed here.


Left: Studio Daily Brush Cleaner, £3.75 for 60ml

An anti-bacterial daily brush cleanser for quick cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time.

After using your brush, spray several times over the brush bristles. Gently wipe the brush onto a clean cloth to remove makeup. Allow brush to fully air dry before next use. 

Previously reviewed here.

Centre: Studio Mascara Primer, £3.75 for 2.5ml

An excellent conditioning base for mascara. 

Apply the Mascara Primer like you would any mascara, but allow Primer to fully dry. Layer on your Mascara as usual, for an enhanced look. Remove with makeup remover.

I have used a mascara primer before from Jane Iredale which I found really made my mascara look more volumised and held a curve in my lashes better. I am hoping this will do the same.

Right: Glitter Eyeshadow Flirt, Currently £1.75, usually £2.50 for 4g

Achieve radiant shimmering colour with this luxe Glitter Eyeshadow. 

Apply with fingertip for vibrant colour or with a brush for a subtle effect. For best results use with an Eyeshadow Primer. Apply wet for more intense looks.


This is looks lovely in the pan. A bold lilac shade with silver glitter particles. I think there will be fallout from this product, but perhaps it might not be too bad with an eye primer. I have had this swatch on my hand while blogging and the glitter particles have all fallen off. The colour seems to have faded also.



Left: Studio Glossy Gloss Ballet Slippers, £3.75 for 6.8g

High shine, pigmented Glossy Gloss delivers a beautiful sheen and a rich tint of colour to your pout. 

This is a nude skin tone shade that is quite peachy. It's creamy and looks like it could be worn nicely alone or over lipstick.

Right: Studio Glitter Gloss Dazzling Diamond, £3.75 for 6.8g

Dazzle and shine with this intense, show-stopping glitter filled gloss. Infused with light-reflecting micropearls, this non-sticky gloss illuminates lips with sheer brilliance and lots of colour. 

This is a clear gloss with gold and lilac glitter particles. It looks like it would be good over any lip shade if you like glittery lips.




Studio HD Blush in left to right Diva, Encore & Showstopper, £3.75 for 10ml each

Rich and creamy HD Blush naturally sculpts and highlights the cheekbones for a soft-focus effect that is great for everyday use.

Press down gently on the pump to release a very small amount of colour. Apply with finger or a stipple brush to the cheekbone in a tapping motion and blend in.

I find these very impressive and I would have bought all 5 shades, but the other 2 were sold out :( I actually got these mainly for the lips as I am hoping that they will be long lasting. A bit like an OCC Lip Tar. I am not sure how these will work on the cheeks as a little goes a very, very long way so they might be hard to blend in and control which will be frustrating if applied over face make-up. 

Diva ~ A cool pink with a blue undertone

Encore ~ A deep rose pink

Showstopper ~ A deep plum

I am disappointed that it looks as though my bottle of Showstopper has already been used as there is product around the outside of the spout. Be careful when first opening these too as the first one I opened (Diva) spurted out some liquid.

All prices shown in this post are full prices, but as I had 50% off these 12 products only cost £25.95 which included delivery. I am one happy bunny other than the what looks to be used Showstopper.

E.L.F. products are available from eyeslipsface.co.uk and eyeslipsface.com

Did you take part in this E.L.F. sale? If yes, which products did you pick up? What are your favourite and not so favourite E.L.F. products and why? Let me know in the comments below.



Love to you all

 

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Tropic Face Smooth Brightening Polish

Hi there my little Easter bunnies. How has your Saturday been so far? I have had such a bad head since last night that it's making me feel sickly so I thought what better way to distract myself than blogging :)

Today I have a skincare product to review for you. This product was sent to me for free to try out and let you know my thoughts.



This is the Tropic Face Smooth Brightening Polish. This is Tropic's best selling face product with 100% natural ingredients which include:

Acai Berry ~  The strongest known antioxidant containing vitamins, omegas and minerals to visibly boost skin vitality.

Organic Rice Flower ~ Helps in reducing skin redness and pore size as well as treating blemishes, wrinkles and pigmentation.

Sugar Cane ~ Contains natural alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin promoting a brighter complexion.

Sweet Almond ~ Contains powerful monounsaturated acids that promote skin elasticity. Softens and soothes the skin without clogging pores.

Vitamin E ~ A powerful antioxidant essential in maintaining youthful, nourished & healthy skin.

Camomile ~ Effective on sensitive skins as it contains skin healing & anti-inflammatory properties as well as reducing skin puffiness.

Golden Jojoba ~ A soft, liquid wax that cleans clogged pores & restores the skin's natural pH balance.

Sweet Orange ~ Sweet, fresh and tangy. Also an antiseptic.

Lemon ~ Refreshing, bright and uplifting.

Application:

Scoop out the product with a spatula and use wet hands to gently massage onto dry skin in circular and upward motions for 1 minute, focusing on areas around the nose, chin and forehead. Avoid the eye area. Rinse off with warm water and splash your face with cold water to close pores. Pat dry and follow with Tropic Skin Revive if needed. Use 2-3 times a week. Sensitive skins should wet the face first before application and work the product in as above.

The lid for this pot unscrews easily, but the seal on the actual pot itself is quite tough to break through. I managed to pierce my nail through it which went into the product so an easy peel tab may be a good idea on this as some people may have difficulty. I would also suggest opening it on a flat surface.  

I didn't bother using a spatula to scoop this out of it's container as quite simply I didn't have one. Instead I  scooped it out with my hands. It did leave a mess down the side of my bath due to it's runny mixture, but it's easily washed away. It might be nice to have a spatula provided with the product as it is suggested for use. Even a squeezy tube I think would be better.

I wanted to try this without wetting my face for the first use so I began massaging it in as directed, but found it a bit uncomfortable so thought I might be better wetting my face on my next use. The granules in it are not large, but there are lots of them to provide that exfoliation and polish.

Wetting my face first worked much better for me and I really enjoyed the product much more. The scent is so fresh and uplifting. I have the product sitting next to me now while I blog away. I really like the combination of the orange and lemon. It reminds me that summer is coming. 

When I massaged this in it felt like it was removing all the dirt and uneven texture on my face and neck. When washing the product off I felt like I had a new layer of skin, no kidding. It leaves a kind of smooth veil that is not greasy, but more like a balm.

Because my skin is obviously on the more sensitive side when it comes to using this product I will only use this twice a week.     

I can seriously see why this is a best seller for Tropic and at the moment this is reduced in price from £15.00 down to £12.00 for 100ml, Link. A little goes a long way with this product so for skin care lovers this is great value. Well done to Tropic's founder and Apprentice finalist Susan Ma as well as investor Lord Alan Sugar.

As well as the website in the link above you can also find out more about Tropic and it's products on Twitter @TropicSkinCare and on Facebook

Have you tried any Tropic Skin Care products? Which ones do you like/dislike and why? Let me know in the comments below.



Love to you all  

 

Friday, 22 March 2013

Facial Skincare: Balance Me And Soap & Glory

Hello lovelies. I hope you are doing great as always. Today I wanted to do a mini review of two facial skincare products I have tried out recently. 


Left: balance Me. daily essentials cleanse and smooth face balm, £4.00 for 15ml or £20.00 for 125ml

I received this product in my April JolieBox last year where you can see my first impressions. This product is aimed at normal to dry/sensitive skins. I have used this with and without a muslin cloth in the shower. I do love the scent of it. It's very natural and soothing. There are fine granules of oatmeal in it, so nothing harsh at all. This is a 100% natural oil-based cleansing balm. It feels nice to apply and I think sensitive skins may appreciate this because it feels comfortable on the skin. I would however say that it comes out average in the cleansing balms I have tried out so far. It has lasted for many uses though.

Right: Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Face Serum, £16.00 for 46ml or $28.99

I am a fan already of Soap & Glory products so I thought why not give this serum a try. This product is an Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Award Winner. It is said to help re-energise tired skin, smooth surface imperfections, refine pores, recalibrate uneven skin tone, brighten, tone and tighten, while acting as a light-medium nightly moisturiser.

I like the pump design of this product as just enough serum is dispensed out and the packaging itself I find very appealing as it looks youthful like the product portrays itself to be. This bottle has lasted ages and I do like how it feels on my skin, but then I like the texture of pretty much all serums. It's creamy and smooth and feels light. It does give my skin a nice glow, but once my make-up is applied that gets covered up so I only really get the benefit of that when I am at home with no make-up on. Because of it's brightening effect it does make me feel glowy and rejuvenated, if not a little more youthful. It does feel smooth on my skin however I wouldn't say it smooths over imperfections. My skin tone and pores do not look dramatically different and I don't feel any toning or tightening effect. Again I think this is a nice product as in it's an average out of the face serums I have tested. 

What are your favourite facial skincare products? Any from balance Me. or Soap & Glory? Let me know in the comments below.



Love to you all

 

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Crystal Clear Skincare Lift Away The Years Event

All Beauty Addicts out there you need to read this post. On Friday Evening I attended the Crystal Clear Skincare #liftawaytheyears event at the Soho Hotel in London. When I arrived I was greeted by the lovely Nafisa who took a quick snap of me and then introduced me to the MD of Crystal Clear International Sharon Hilditch MBE. She is stunning and a truly lovely person. Sharon was already talking to the gorgeous Gulnit MUA and blogger who I have met at an event once before. She creates amazing looks. You should definitely check out her website here. The three of us chatted for a bit while I sipped on a fantastic fruity beverage. 

 
 
The fruity drinks were gone and new drinks were being poured by the time I took this photo. There were also waitresses floating around with canapes.


Sharon has such amazing skin and she looks so youthful so it looks like this lady knows something I need to know about skincare.


Sharon sharing her knowledge and experience

 Then the demonstration video began followed by Sharon talking about Crystal Clear Skincare and introducing the Lift Away The Years Magic Wand. 

The video showed a small amount of the Intense Anti-Ageing Serum ~ £60 for 50ml being pumped into the head of the oscillating applicator. The rollerball pen (wand) was turned on to make it vibrate and rotate. It was then pressed against the skin and massaged in. It was worked over various areas of the whole face including eyes, brows, jaw line and cheeks in short strokes to follow the contours. It can also be used in circular motions from the bottom of the neck upwards. If you have problem areas like hooded eyes, not defined enough cheekbones or sagging jowls for example you can concentrate more on those areas it's really just up to you. I have to say the girl in the video had this applied to one side of her face and you could see the difference, but she was young and not exactly sagging so I wanted to see more.

Sharon and some of the PR girls then came around with the wands and tested them on various people at the event. I could not try it on my face at the time as mine was too sensitive and dry from a skincare product I had used a couple of days before and I knew I should wait a few days before trying it on my face, but I did feel it on my hand and the serum felt very smooth. Sharon told me that the wand and serum are also great for puffy eye bags as it works to drain away the excess fluid and reduce puffiness.


Sharon applying the product to Gulnit who already has amazing cheekbones, but I could definitely see more definition when it was applied to just one side of Gulnit's face to compare. Gulnit said that she could feel it working the muscles in her face. Not in an uncomfortable way just that the areas worked on felt more taut. The pressure is meant to feel relaxing as it's essentially a facial massage that you can give yourself twice a day in very little time.

 Sharon has been working on developing this anti-ageing appliance for the past two years and here are it's claims:

'revolutionary new skincare'

'clinically proven to increase skin firmness and reduce wrinkles from first use'

'innovative way of applying moisturiser'

'visible firming and lifting effect'

'plumps fine lines & wrinkles from within'

This device works in two ways. The vibration helps the facial muscles to contract, stimulating blood flow within the skin. This tones the face, restoring the contours and firming up any loose or flabby bits. The intense serum inside the wand plumps fine lines and wrinkles from within and leaves your skin feeling super hydrated. The applicator also improves the absorption of the product so that your skin will fully benefit from your moisturiser.

Priced at £79.99, this includes Crystal Clear Intense Anti-Ageing Serum (30ml) the wand is available from February 2013. Enter your email address in this link to find out when exactly it goes on sale.

Crystal Clear Skincare are most well known for there microdermabrasion salon treatments, but they also provide products for all of these skin concerns:

ACNE  










 

 On leaving the event I received one of these goodie bags. Here is what was inside.


Wipe Away The Years Anti-Ageing Cleansing Milk, £27.00 for 200ml

 Can be used on all skin types. Use morning and evening prior to using the wand. Massage a small amount into skin in circular motions, then wipe away with a cotton pad. This has a pump design. I squeezed some onto my hand and rubbed it in. It absorbed within seconds leaving no excess product so I wouldn't use a cotton pad to remove anything if I had massaged it onto my face/neck. If I were to use a cotton pad I think I would apply it directly to the pad and manoeuvre it around my skin that way to cleanse. I love the scent of the essential oils in this product.


Intense Anti-Ageing Serum, £60 for 50ml

 This product is for skin that needs more than just a normal moisturiser. Apply two pumps to the palm of your hand. Massage into the face and neck in an upward and outward direction after using the above cleanser. This product also has a pump bottle design. The product is of a gel like consistency that is not sticky, just smooth.


Top: Lift Away The Years Wand, £79.99 (includes 30ml of the Intense Anti-Ageing Serum)

For better results than just massaging the Intense Anti-Ageing Serum into your skin with your fingers use the wand for just 1-2 minutes morning and night as part of your skincare routine after cleansing.

Bottom: 3 x 30ml Intense Anti-Ageing Serum Moisturiser

I don't think I'm going to run out any time soon :)

I promise to give this skincare routine a thorough test and let you know how I get on with it. I am very impressed so far and couldn't be happier that I attended this event.

Thank you so much Claire for inviting me along. This is the most impressive skincare product I have seen in a long time if not ever.

I wouldn't normally spend this much on skincare for myself, but once you buy the wand it doesn't need replacing and such a small amount of serum is needed that I think that will go a long way.

Crystal Clear Skincare is skincare that I have never used before so if you have can you tell me your recommended or even disliked products with reasons in the comments below. If you attended the event were you impressed?



Love to you all


Monday, 4 February 2013

Mixed Product Reviews #5

Hi there my Beauty Addicted Lovelies. I hope you had a fine weekend. I didn't get up to much really which was nice in a way. I have been collecting up the packaging from products I have used up to let you know what my thoughts are on them so here they are :)




Left To Right:

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, £14.40 for 150ml or $19.50 for 5 oz

For dry, combination, oily and normal skin types. Effectively removes makeup and sunscreen prior to skin cleansing. Skin feels moist, clean, and fresh. 

Thoroughly wet hands and face. Squeeze a pea sized dot onto palm and work into a rich lather. Massage over face avoiding eye area. Rinse off and follow with 3-Step Skin Care System.

I won this product in a charity raffle at work. This doesn't have a distinctive scent. It felt fine to use on the skin. It did help to clean my skin and remove make-up, but there were just a few traces left when I rinsed this off so I used either make-up remover or face wipes as I would do anyway. There are beads in this, but I didn't really feel like they exfoliated my skin or anything as they weren't abrasive and I believe just got washed away.

Morrisons Pack Of 2 Toothbrushes (One Shown), 20p for two

I thought I would include this toothbrush as these were such great value. Usually I use an electric toothbrush, but if I ever run out of replacement heads I sometimes use a regular toothbrush as an in between. While in Morrisons I picked up this pack of two toothbrushes as for 20p I thought I'd give them a go. These have lasted so well. The bristles are sturdy, but not too harsh when brushing and there is no fall out.

Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum (Light Ivory 40) SPF15, £12.18 or $21.95

Ageless Elixir foundation simultaneously helps to protect against the ageing effects of the sun, keeping skin moisturised and protected to help you look and feel your best. The secret to the foundation’s innovation is in the well-blended, ‘elixir’ formula, which helps to:


1. Deliver instant medium to high coverage – through Ageless Elixir's specially treated pigments that reflect light. 
2. Improve skin tone by protecting and hydrating via the moisturising skincare formula.

I was previously sent this product for free which I reviewed here in the shade Natural 50. The shade Light Ivory 40 I purchased myself as I felt light I could do with a lighter shade which you can see in this post here. My thoughts are the same as my original review, but I think this shade suits my skin tone better.

Blink + Go Long Lasting Black Mascara, £12.95

I received this product in my December 2011 GlossyBox where you can find all information about this product.

I found this to be good for how deep the black was, but a little clumpy. It made my lashes look a bit thicker because of the clumping, but I prefer a more separated look.




Left To Right:

Morrisons Handwash Pearl, Less than £1.00 for 500ml

I have picked up this product many times on my weekly shop and it does what it's meant to. It has barely any scent which is soft and clean. I think this is around 60p which is such a value product and one which I will continue to repurchase.

Decleor Aromessence Spa Relax, £21.51 for 100ml

Aromessence Spa Relax is a pure concentrate of essential oils carefully formulated to bring you serenity and well-being. This light, yet luxurious oil works in perfect harmony with your skin to envelop your body with an intensly soothing sensation, soothe and ease away tension, relax your mind due to the potent olfactory benefits of its essential oils (Somalian Myrrh and Incense, Indian Sandalwood) and soften your skin and leave it silky smooth. Made in France.

I have no idea where I got this. It was either a present or a free gift with purchase from somewhere. This really does have a relaxing scent. Just smelling it makes me feel at ease. My fella and I use it for back massages. It's so soothing and makes you want to sleep.

Keep Clean And Shower Luxury Shower Gel Pomegranate Noir, 99p for 250ml

I picked up a few of these in various scents from the 99p Stores which you can see here. In that initial impressions post I describe this scent as 'soft, yet a little musky at the same time'. I really like it and I have picked up a few more already in case they stop selling it. My only fail with this is I wish it had a pump dispenser like the creams.


So that's all the mixed product reviews until I collect up some more for you. I hope you found this post helpful. Have you found any product discoveries that you now can't live without? Let me know in the comments below.



Love to you all

Friday, 27 July 2012

July 2012 GlossyBox

Hey loves. I have given the house a really good clean today which although was not fun in this hot weather I always feel better for doing it. I picked up My July GlossyBox from my Mum's. I thought I had changed the details on my GlossyBox account to my new address, but I will have to investigate. This month's box is festival inspired so let me show you the products.








Left To Right:

Bex London Londoner Urban Fragrance (W1X), £81.00 for 100ml EDT

This sophisticated neo-vintage fragrance is inspired by the opulence and high- octane atmosphere of London’s West-End.

Notes:
 
Top: Coriander, Bergamot, Mandarin, Neroli

Middle: Cardamon, Orris, Rose, Ylang, Tea, White Jasmine, Freesia, Violet, Lily of the Valley,
 
Bottom: Cypress, Cedar Wood, Precious Wood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Vetiver

The fragrance W1X is one of four from this range. I am not sure if this is £81.00 for all four fragrances or each? I would describe this scent as soft and feminine. It's okay, but not something I would buy for myself. With the London culture behind this product I expected something a bit more 'girl about town', but it does say that W1X is a feminine fragrance.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist, £9.25 for 250ml

Deeply hydrates thirsty hair and revives dry, tired skin. Ensures soft, healthy looking skin. Reactivates styling products in the hair. Perfect for touch ups. 

Spray generously on hair and skin.

I am really coming close to finishing my face mist/toner so this will be nice to try. When I smell this spray bottle product it's very subtle and does seem quite refreshing.

Monu Eye Cool Gel, £16.95 for 15ml

A refreshing gel that instantly revives and tones tired eyes, reducing puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Can be used under make-up. 

Not tested on animals. Wheat-free and paraben-free.

Use morning and night after cleansing and toning. Gently pat a small amount around the eye area, avoiding the eye lids, until completely absorbed.

This feels very cooling. I like the idea that it's a gel formula. It appears to have very little if no scent.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lip Frosting in Irish Cream Pavlova, £10.00 for 15ml

A multifunctional cream gloss. Use on lips for a tint of colour, or on cheeks for a luminous glow. This is scented with homemade pavlova. 

This is my first ever Jelly Pong Pong product and so far I like it. The scent is gorgeous. Very sweet and very noticeable. The product came out quite thick and gloopy and quite fast when I squeezed the tube. The gloss is very shiny and this colour is a very sweet pink candy shade. I think this will be great for lips and cheeks.












Centre:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, £17.50 for 50ml

Apply this dry oil to your face, body and hair all year round. Your face and body are left feeling soft and silky. Your hair is supple, soft and shines with health.

On the face:

- Spray Huile Prodigieuse in the palm of your hands and rub hands together to warm the product.

- Apply Huile Prodigieuse on the face with smoothing strokes from the centre to facial contours.
  
On the body:


- Spray Huile Prodigieuse on selected areas (décolleté, arms, stomach, thighs…).

- Massage Huile Prodigieuse area by area using circular movements.

On the hair:

- Spray Huile Prodigieuse directly on hair (at a distance of about 20 cm). Massage hair and scalp to help penetration.

- Wrap hair in a dry towel and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes for complete penetration of Huile Prodigieuse.

- Wash hair with your daily Shampoo.

I like the scent of this multi-tasking dry oil. It's quite warm yet subtle. I will mostly use this on face and body. Mine is not a spray bottle as it's a 10ml sample, but it's still nice to try a versatile product.

Bonus Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Products:

Left:

Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Optimizing Skin Serum & Gentle Hydrating Cream SPF15, From £32.00 for 50ml

Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: 

Colloidal Oatmeal particles to gently exfoliate the skin and Oat Protein fine powder to soothe.  

Optimizing Skin Serum: 

Sodium Hyaluronate to lubricate and attract moisture to the skin; and Vitamin C Derivative which provides antioxidant protection and helps brighten the appearance of skin. 

Gentle Hydrating Cream SPF15: 

Advanced Moisture Complex including a combination of high performance moisturizers, humectants, film formers and water binding agents, such as Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Urea, Sodium PCA and Glycerin, provide long lasting moisturisation. Gentle Hydrating Night Cream: Shea Butter which is an effective emollient and moisturizer; and Lavender to calm and soothe skin while providing a relaxing scent.

Dry Skin needs gentle but effective hydration. The 4-step Regime: Cleanse, Tone, Treat, Moisturize will make a Visible Difference in your skin. 

  • Cleanse with the Gentle Hydrating Cleanser massaging it onto wet face and rinsing well with warm water. 

  • To tone sweep the Gentle Hydrating Toner over cleansed skin with cotton (not included with these samples)

  • Treat with the Optimizing Skin Serum by smoothing onto face and throat, before moisturizer, morning or night. 

  • Moisturise with the Gentle Hydrating Cream SPF15 and the Gentle Hydrating Night Cream by smoothing onto cleansed face and throat, (Gentle Hydrating Night Cream not included with samples).

The only Elizabeth Arden skin care I have tried is the 8 hour cream and I didn't like it due to the smell and texture. I know it's really popular with a lot of you though.

I thought there was something else in the sachet on the right of the photo, but it's just information on these samples. I hope these are nice products to use and I will test them out. They are quite pricey, but I will see if they are worth it.




So my overall thoughts on this month's box are pretty good. I will use everything included. The moisture mist and eye gel seem very cooling and good for the skin. I love the shade of the lip frosting too.




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Which products did you receive in your GlossyBox this month and do you like them? What is the US GlossyBox like if you have tried it?





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Sunday, 21 August 2011

August GlossyBox

Hey Gals. Other than a little make-up shopping I haven't been up to much this weekend. I hope you are all having fun though. Today I want to share with you what I received in my August GlossyBox. So here goes.




First up is the Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser which it says on their website is a new product. This retails at £29.00 for 200ml. The tube that I received however say Time Release Acne Cleanser. I assume that this is still the same product. I would have thought that it's the same product, but with a slightly different name now, but as it's meant to be new I'm a little confused? It is meant to be an extra gentle cleanser which is clinically proven to increase cell turnover, reduce blemishes and diminish wrinkles, minimising the signs of ageing while keeping your skin smooth, supple and glowing.


I will definitely try this as I am always looking to improve my skins condition. I don't get a lot of spots. Usually I only get one or two around that time of month, but if it helps with anti-ageing and keeping my skin supple and smooth then that's a good thing. I think it's the first product I have seen that is aimed at people with slightly more mature skin that still have blemish irritations. It saves on using two products I guess.




Now we have the Ahava Mineral Body Lotion which usually retails at £22.00 for 250ml, but is currently on sale until 31st August 2011 for £19.80. It is said to be a richly moisturising lotion that absorbs into the skin quickly, effectively hydrating, nourishing and protecting the skin. The website says to apply it every morning. I suppose they are saying that it needs to only be applied once a day, but I am a twice a day girl when it comes to moisturising as I shower twice a day. I will give this a go too as I am always looking to find the best body lotions for my oh so dry skin. 




Here we have the Jumbo Jet Mascara from Daniel Sandler. It claims to be the only mascara a woman needs when she wants high-performance, luscious lashes. That's a pretty big claim in my book. It also says that after one stroke of the brush lashes CAN appear thicker and longer. I don't want a CAN, I want a WILL please. When looking at Daniel Sandler Cosmetics on GlossyBox's website you have to go the link saying buy to find out where to buy his products. The page is a little all over the place so I almost missed this link. There were quite a few places to buy from, but I chose feelunique.com to take a look as I have ordered from them before and it retails there at £11.80 reduced from £14.75 for 15ml with free delivery. On feelunique.com it also says it will give a false lash effect.


I tried this mascara yesterday and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed. One coat was not enough for me. I had to apply three to get somewhere near the consistency I like to get from a mascara. I would not pay £11.80 for this mascara let alone £14.75. The tube and brush look really big and so I was maybe too hopeful in expecting big lashes. They didn't seperate nicely and I found that the amount that came out onto the brush was a very thin amount. My lashes looked a little bitty. By that I mean they didn't fan into a nice shape they stuck together in some areas and had some small clumps which looked about to flake off. I took a bus ride straight after application and by the time I got off the bus my eyes looked black underneath where my watery eyes had made it run. I know it does not claim to be a waterproof mascara, but if you have watery eyes like me or have hay fever AVOID or do not apply to lower lashes. As you can probably tell I would not recommend this product.




The website for KMS California says coming soon so I'm not sure how much this retails at? Here is the information about it though. This is the KMS California Colorvitality Shine & Shield. It says this is a light-weight smoothing creme that fights frizz and provides heat protection while promoting natural movement and shine. It is infused with lilac and ginger, plus antioxidants, UV filter and IOPS technology for colour protection and condition. I have no idea what IOPS technology is, sorry? I have a friend that colours her hair a lot so I think I will give this to her to try.




These Rebel Nails Nail Wraps in the style of Cream/Green Giraffe retail at £7.99. They claim to be easy to apply with no chipping, fading or wear. They are meant to give an amazing professional finish with a self adhesive flexible covering. They can be used on natural, acrylic or gel nails. These come in various designs for both finger and toe nails. Unfortunately these are for toes. I won't gross you out, but I do not have a full size toe nail on my left foot. I had an ingrown toe nail many years ago which I had minor surgery on, but it never grows fully. I have tried applying false toe nails before, but I always catch it as my toe nail is not flat and it's just way too painful to risk so I will be passing these on to one of my friends.


I have only used nail wraps once on my fingers. They were not this brand, but I have to say I hated them. They were a pain to cut to the correct size and they started peeling away at the edges after a day or two. These are not something that I would buy again. I couldn't wait to get them off.


I will be happy to try out the cleanser and body lotion from this box, but overall I would say this is my least favourite of the GlossyBox's so far. I believe that next month they will be upping the price as they will be adding a delivery charge. It's a little annoying as other beauty boxes are not doing this, but I will continue my GlossyBox subscription for now as I like the surprises.


What did you receive in your GlossyBox? Did you like what you got? Will you be continuing with your subscription with the added delivery charges?


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