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Vichy Idealia Life Serum 30/03/2015

Not for me

Vichy Idealia Life Serum I’ve ended up with three tubes of this Vichy Idealia Life Serum from various beauty boxes, so I thought I had better start using them up! This Skin Idealizer Serum comes in a white tube with pink lettering; each of my tubes is 3ml. The full size product, however, comes in a pale pink bottle with a pump dispenser that I think looks quite posh. It’s quite pricey at £31 for 30ml, and is designed to be worn alone or under moisturiser. It is paraben-free and non-comedogenic, as well as being hypoallergenic, and it contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It is designed to refresh the complexion and help it appear more radiant, younger and healthier, tightening pores and refining skin texture. It contains LR2412+LHA molecules to help protect skin from the effects of the environment and excesses. It seems to be widely available online from places like Boots. The serum is light in texture and goes on to the skin easily, sinking in well. It seems to be slightly iridescent and I wonder if it could also work as a highlighter. The serum doesn’t have much of a scent but it feels luxurious to use and seems to add some kind of radiance to my skin: not loads, but it does make my skin look a bit healthier. Overall, though, I didn’t think the difference was enough to warrant such a high price. I could achieve the same results with a cheaper highlighter. Perhaps it’s because I’m younger – some of the reviews I read praising this serum were from women aged 40 or older, so perhaps the effects are ...

Gillette Simply Venus Disposable Razor 27/03/2015

Simply an effective disposable razor

Lush Golden Egg 26/03/2015

Lovely golden egg

Lush Golden Egg It’s that time of year again – Easter, when my favourite store, Lush, brings out lovely seasonal products shaped like eggs. There are other themes too, but eggs is the one that stands out for me! This year, one of the product returning from last year is the Golden Egg. This is lovely to look at – a glittery golden object that reminds me of the fairy tale about the goose that laid the golden egg. It is described as a bath melt and bath bomb rolled into one. It is suitable for vegans and costs £3.75. The product is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid to help it fizz, and Fair Trade Organic Colombian Cocoa Butter to moisturise. It also contains sweet wild orange oil and bergamot oil. The egg smells of the Honey I Washed the Kids soap – a gorgeous sweet scent which I love. Because of the glitter, I decided to use this before going out. I ran the bath first then dropped it in. The bath melt part is in the outer layer, so it dissolved slowly, sinking into the water and spreading cocoa buttery goodness all around the bath. Then it rose to the surface and started to fizz in a relaxed way. By the time it had dissolved, the water was a pale orange and there were bits of glitter twinkling away gently in the water. The lovely smell was reasonably strong, too. I enjoyed my relaxing and refreshing bath. Despite the glitter, my skin wasn’t irritated at all. When I got out, my skin felt soft and moisturised because of the cocoa butter, and I didn’t need to apply any ...

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Cream 25/03/2015

Calming cream for radiant skin

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Cream Through picking up free gifts and a couple of beauty boxes I’ve ended up with quite a lot of samples of moisturiser. One of these is the Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Soothing Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream – actually I’ve ended up with two little jars of this, so I’ve been using it for a couple of months. The product normally costs £39.50 for 50ml, so it’s very nice to get freebies! The product comes in an opaque glass jar with a pink lid; it feels sturdy and good quality. The moisturiser is apparently suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Hydra Zen NeuroCalm is designed to moisturise and soothe the skin with long-lasting hydration. It contains plant extracts with a “NeuroCalm” complex and is meant to protect from environmental pollution. Using the product every morning is supposed to help your skin become radiant and glowing. It also contains SPF15 which is very handy as an every SPF for fair skin like mine – although I don’t think it would be high enough for summer use. To use, apply to cleansed skin every morning. I liked the texture of the cream – it felt fairly thick but not at all greasy, and sank into my skin really well. Using this cream, I didn’t get any dry patches on my face, which I can occasionally suffer from in the winter. I also found that the moisturiser helped to control shine: my skin seemed to be in really good condition while I was using it. It caused no skin irritation at all. After a couple of months of regular use, I’m really impressed ...

Soap & Glory Girl-O-Whirl Set 23/03/2015

I'm glad I gave this a whirl

Soap & Glory Girl-O-Whirl Set At Christmas, I got a Soap & Glory make up gift set. It retailed at £40, but I picked one up in the sale after the festive period for just £12.50 – a bargain! The kit is packaged in a shiny brown faux leather case with a pink zip. It is very secure and handy for taking on holiday. Inside, the makeup is embedded into a plastic sheet (some bits are removable) and there is a plastic sleeve to cover it up and prevent spillage. The kit contains the following items: 6 shades of Lid Stuff eyeshadow 1 tube of Thick & Fast Super Volume Mascara 6 Supercolourfabulipstick shades 1 Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick 1 Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder 1 Solar Powder Multi Shade Bronzer 3 makeup brushes I worked out that to buy all of these separately would cost well over £40, so even at full price the kit was good value. On sale, of course, it is a massive bargain! I will write about all the items separately. *Lid Stuff Eyeshadow* The set contains 6 eyeshadows: Minky: a shimmery light brown This is a lovely colour which goes with everything. I love the shimmer effect. I can wear it during the day with a light lipgloss, or in the evening with a darker lipstick – it’s very versatile. Dandy Plum: a rich dark purple I love this colour; it’s dramatic and makes an impact. I can wear it alone or blended with one of the other colours in the set: I’ve used it with the blue for a dramatic look, and with the grey and black shades for a smoky evening effect. Black Gold: black with tiny flecks of ...

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 20/03/2015

A good product

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a reasonably famous facial skincare product among those who are interested in such things. I was able to try some thanks to a beauty box sample. Mine came in a 30ml green tube with a white muslin cloth (100% cotton) which would normally cost £6 – a bit more pricey than the cleansers you would pick up in Boots or Superdrug, but not too bad. The cleanser contains rosemary, camomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus essential oil – handy ingredients for moisturising and caring for skin. It is described as a “richly concentrated cleanser for all skin types”. To use, you are meant to massage a small amount of cleanser onto dry skin, over eyes, face and neck. Afterwards, rinse the muslin cloth in hand-hot water and rinse out, then use the cloth to remove the cream and polish the skin. I do find this to be a more time-consuming method of cleansing than what I’m used to, but having said that it does feel very luxurious. It’s a relaxing experience to spend some time massaging my face! The cleanser is easy to apply with a creamy texture and a pleasant light scent. It goes on to my skin well with no irritation, and it is easy to remove with the muslin cloth (which should be washed at 40C every 2-3 uses). I am impressed with the effectiveness with which the cleanser removes makeup. I don’t have to apply much pressure and it removes even eyeshadow fairly easily. I do prefer to use a special eye makeup remover for mascara, though. My ...

Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Gel 18/03/2015

Yummy shower gel

Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Gel I was in Stratford-upon-Avon recently, and popped in to Lush on my way to the theatre. I saw that the Mother’s Day products had been released, and was intrigued by several. One product which caught my eye was the Yummy Mummy Shower Gel. The shower gel costs £4.75 for 100g, with higher prices for 250g and 500g. The largest bottle is the best value for money, but the smallest is ideal for trying the product and for travel. The bottle is clear, meaning you can tell exactly how much product you have left. You can also see the colour clearly – this shower gel is a gorgeous spring-like lilac shade. Suitable for vegans, the shower gel contains geranium oil, Brazilian orange oil and tonka absolute for a sweet and fruity scent. I thought the smell was gorgeous – I can’t describe it exactly but it smelled a bit like sweets, a bit like strawberries. The product also contains snowflake lustre for a slight shimmer. Only a small amount of gel is needed in the shower, and it lathers up well. The gorgeous scent fills the bathroom and lasts, albeit faintly, on my skin. It doesn’t irritate my skin and although it doesn’t actively moisturise, it doesn’t dry my skin out either. The only thing I don’t really like about this shower gel is the name. I hate the phrase “yummy mummy” and although it is a Mother’s Day product I really wish the folks at Lush had thought of a different name! Still, this doesn’t detract from the loveliness of the product itself, which I do recommend.

Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor SPF 25 17/03/2015

I feel good about this moisturiser

Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor SPF 25 As someone with incredibly pale skin, I’m always on the lookout for moisturiser with SPF for the summer months. I picked up this Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor moisturiser with SPF 25. It costs £12 for 50ml, but I picked it up on a 3 for 2 offer. The product comes in an attractive silver-coloured tube with pink accents. It is described as a “daytime moisture protection fluid”. It contains UVA and UVB screens to protect the skin against the sun, plus Soap & Glory’s exclusive *SUNTRIGGER™ technology & ANTI-AGING SMART SPHERES (whatever they are!). The product is designed to help protect the skin against dryness, wrinkles and pigmentation – all problems which can be caused or exacerbated by sun exposure. The moisturiser should be used every morning (I used a different one at night – no point in using SPF at night!). It has a pleasant scent – Soap & Glory state that it contains a tropical fragrance including Litsea Cupeda essential oil and sweet orange oil. I do like the refreshing scent, which isn’t too strong. It is suggested that a generous layer should be applied, following with makeup if wanted, and that Feel Good Factor should be applied frequently throughout the day to ensure maximum protection. Personally I didn’t do this as I used this moisturiser as an everyday one – I work in an office so don’t spend enough time outside to warrant reapplication. However, I would definitely recommend you do this if you are outdoors a lot – any sun protection product should be reapplied ...

Lush First Snow Sparkly Dusting Powder 16/03/2015

Dust yourself with snow

Lush First Snow Sparkly Dusting Powder As a huge fan of Lush, I am trying to sample all of their products, and I get particularly excited when their Christmas range is released, as lots of lovely items appear in the shop. Normally the limited edition products consist of soaps and bath products, but sometimes slightly more unusual items make it to the shelves – such as this First Snow Sparkly Dusting Powder. Lush have been making dusting powders for some years – they are a bit like talc but more grown-up and exciting. I’ve tried a few of these – the vanilla one is particularly lovely, and I also like Karma for a gorgeous patchouli scent. Lustre is a sparkly powder with a gold sheen, and this First Snow powder has been created along similar lines: it is a fine powder with added sparkle to make skin shimmer, only instead of the gold shimmer of Lustre, this has a subtle silvery iridescent glow. A bottle of this costs £4.75, and it does last a very long time as only a tiny bit is needed at once. It is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of cornflour, magnesium carbonate, talc and snowflake lustre, with sweet orange oil and cognac oil to add a gorgeous scent. The lovely Bucks Fizz-like smell is the same as the Celebrate body lotion (and the fragrance that was a limited edition a couple of years ago) and I love it – it’s refreshing and delicious, very festive, but not so much so that you can’t use it at any other time of year. To use, simply shake a little into your hand and apply to your skin. Luckily the ...

Lush Wizard Bubble Bar 11/03/2015

Add a little magic to your bath

Lush Wizard Bubble Bar As you probably all know by now, I’m a huge fan of Lush and their products. I get particularly excited in the autumn when the limited edition Christmas products are released. One of my favourites this year was the Wizard bubble bar, brought out for Halloween but which stayed around for the festive season. This little guy, a purple cone with a white beard, cost £3.25 and is suitable for vegans. The bubble bar contains popping candy, tangerine oil, juniper berry oil and fennel oil. It has an amazing fruity, slightly spicy and earthy scent that is very uplifting. I broke my Wizard into three pieces so I could get three baths out of him. I crumbled him into the running water so I could get the largest possible amount of bubbles. In the end there were lots of bubbles and the water had turned a lovely purple colour, too. The iridescent shimmer and popping candy added to the effect, and altogether it was a very magical bath! The lovely scent floated around the bathroom as I was relaxing, and really added to the experience. The water felt incredibly soft, and I didn’t want to get out! After my bath the lovely scent lingered on my skin, which felt soft and smooth although I didn’t need to apply moisturiser. The product was very gentle and didn’t irritate my skin. I really enjoyed using this product, which is a lovely colour and has a lovely scent. The design is cute too! I would recommend this as it is good value for money – I got 3 baths out of mine. If you're lucky you may be ...

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser 10/03/2015

Didn't turn my skin around

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser I got a sample of Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser in a beauty box. I’ve tried Clinique products before and they didn’t seem to suit my skin, but I was willing to give this a go. The moisturiser is designed to suit many different skin types, from very dry to combination oily. It is allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. It is claimed that the moisture cream helps skin to be more radiant, revealing brighter, younger-looking skin overnight. It is oil-free and helps to reduce the look of pores, clearing away the effect of time and sun-damage. The cream didn’t irritate my skin at all, unlike some other Clinique products I’ve tried, so I was pleased. It was reasonably thick but didn’t feel clogging or greasy. The moisturiser had a light scent and sank into my skin well. It felt a bit heavy for using during the day, but I felt fine using it as a night cream, which is what it’s meant for after all. My slightly oily skin wasn’t left overpowered and I didn’t notice any spots or anything owing to using this. However I don’t think using this cream improved the condition of my skin hugely. It didn’t look any worse than normal, but I didn’t think it looked a great deal better either. However, in fairness I don’t think I am the target market for this cream – perhaps an older lady would notice a difference in her skin, as the cream is designed to improve radiance. I don’t really have any sun damage and time hasn’t managed to wreak too much havoc on my skin yet! The ...

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb 09/03/2015

Relax with the northern lights

Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb Every year, I get really excited when my favourite store, Lush, releases its limited edition Christmas products. There are always several interesting bath products on the list. Christmas 2014 was no exception, and one of the items I tried was the Northern Lights bath bomb. Shaped like a cylinder, the bath bomb was distinctive-looking and coloured a lovely purple shade. It cost £3.50, which is pricey for one bath, but I always compare Lush products to a glass of wine – they cost the same but the Lush products are healthier and just as relaxing! This bath bomb is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid which helps it fizz. It also contains jasmine absolute and ylang ylang oil to create a rich, calming, relaxing scent. As with other bath bombs, I ran the bath first then dropped the bath bomb in so I could watch it fizz. This one was quite special: the ends fizzed away more quickly than the middle, causing streaks of blue and green to appear swirling around in the water, white edible stars adding lustre and interest. It was here that the name of the bath bomb really made sense: it did look like the Northern Lights. The scent was amazing and was pretty strong. I felt extremely relaxed after my bath, and ready for bed. The purple colour – which the bath ended up being – didn’t stain the bath, I just had to give it a quick rinse with the shower head. I didn’t need to use much moisturiser either. I could smell the lovely scent for a ...
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