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I like to apply a nice, rich night cream to my face before I go to bed at night, imagining it is going to do magical things to my skin as I sleep! I have no real brand loyalty, so decided to try something new differently and opted for the Soap and Glory night cream.
In general I've had good experiences with this range, and I have tried a few of their skincare products that I've been really pleased with. This night cream costs £13 for 50ml - so not the cheapest, but the range is very frequently on offer.
The night cream comes in a nice jar, which is quite toned down for Soap and Glory. It's still pink, like the majority of the range, but it's quite subtle and it has a slightly less over-the-top look than some of the rest of the Soap and Glory products I've used. It is also made of glass so it is heavy and has a good solid feel to it!
The cream contains, according to the Boots website, all sorts of magical ingredients to help reduce wrinkles, restore elasticity and regenerate your skin. These ingredients with nonsensical names are a superpeptide complex with Actigen 02 and Matrixyl 3000 anti-wrinkle actives and oxygen boosters. A little more sensible sounding are the other ingredients that include evening primrose and grape seed oils, and vitamins a and e.
This all sounds good - but I got a shock the very first time I used this. It is a really rich, thick white cream and I was pleased at how nice and rich the texture is as I like to slather on a nice rich face cream at night time. But the one thing I wasn't expecting was the rather horrible smell of this! The cream apparently contains all sorts of nice essential oils, such as orange, mandarin, geranium and lavender ... but I can't detect any of these - and in fact this cream actually smells slightly like paint to me. Yuk!
It's a shame really as I otherwise love applying this as it's so luxurious - the one saving grace is that the smell disappears so it doesn't linger, and I'm not left lying in bed smelling like a tin of Dulux.
So nasty smell aside, this really does feel lovely and rich when I apply it, and it does leave the skin feeling a touch greasy - although I really don't mind this at bed time. And in the morning my skin feels lovely and smooth, and as if I've already applied face cream!
In summary ...
I do really like this cream and although I can't say I've noticed any great difference to my skin since I started using this (and I have now used this every night for a month), I certainly wouldn't say it is doing me any harm and it is definitely a very good moisturiser. However, the chances are I wouldn't buy it again. The smell is just horrible, and also I have used slightly cheaper night creams that I like using just as much and have been just as effective. And they haven't smelt of paint!
So it is three stars from me.
This product is made by Soap and Glory, who specialise in body care moisturiser before branching out into a small range of cosmetics . They offer an extensive range of products in both mini varieties and jumbo varieties. The main allure of this company is the packaging, it mixes modern and retro with a generous helping of femininity and I am always pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products.
The packaging of the product is a cardboard box with a picture of a couple printed on it in grey scale. It was an attractive box on the shelf in Boots, but I didn't keep it once I got home and ripped into it to use the product inside. The product itself is in a heavy thick plastic jar, the heaviness of the product gives the illusion of a high quality designer product for a fraction of the price.
In order to open the product, you need to twist open the lid and use your finger to get the product out. Unfortunately this means that I end up with a lot of product up my long nails. I would like to see the product brought out into a tube for this reason.
I have used this night cream most nights over the past few months (the rest of the nights, I was too tired to have a good girl face regime) and have found that it prevent dry wintery skin. I sometimes used the cream on a morning too if I was staying in the house (not wearing make up that day).
The texture of the product is one of my favourite things about it, as it is lovely and thick. I like a good thick layer of moisturiser on my face before bed, I am not a light lotion kind of girl. The odour of this product is quite nice compared to other face creams that I have used, which are often odourless and smell like "cream" or scented with Rose and Lavender. However compared to other products in the range, such as the body butters, scrubs and hand cream, I was disappointed that it didn't have as sweet a smell.
I have use one entire jar of this product over the past winter and have not had my annual break out of flakey skin with patches of eczema, which is a definite improvement on previous years as I have not had to break out the steriod creams. I know a lot of people with eczema / sensitive skin avoid scented products, but I have had no adverse effects, so I will keep this product in mind to repurchase in the future.
This product retails at £13, which I think is an excellent price so such a good product. Some of the other night creams that I have been recommended including the one I am using at the moment is in excess of £30, so this product is definitely good value for money in my eyes. As I needed to check the Boots website for the price, I noticed it is currently 3 for 2 (I have reviewed other Soap and Glory products).
I bought this whilst on a shopping trip in Boots the Chemist. It cost £13 for a 50ml tub.
Anyone who knows this product will know that it all comes packaged in a retro style pearlised pink colour festooned with dark pink writing. It certainly looks very stylish on my dressing table.
So after cleansing my face I set about smothering myself with this very thick cream. The aroma of this is very light and fresh smelling so light almost to the point of sans aroma. On my initial try of this cream I clearly used to much, as it took an age to rub in and then when I finally thought I had finished, upon looking in the mirror there was one very shiny face staring back.
On my skin it did seem to take an age to soak in and even when I retired to bed, I had to place a towel on my pillow as I did not want any grease transferring onto the cotton and penetrating it.
Upon waking on first glance my skin did look somewhat dewy and pearlised and somewhat refreshed and more awake.
I decided that I did not want to go through the towel on the pillowcase palaver the next evening and so made sure that I put about a pea sized amount on my hand (a large pea!). Rather than a walnut sized amount which was clearly too much! So I warmed the cream in my hand and then cupped it over my face to let it gently absorb into my skin. Ah result, much better, it soaked in quickly and my skin felt really moisturised.
Another bonus to this cream is that when applying it with your hands you also get the double bonus of replenishing the oil in my hands at the same time. It certainly has helped with the dryness I used to suffer with my hands upon using this on my face.
The next morning, said skin looked nicely refreshed again and I have continued to use it ever since.
However I would say that after prolonged use the effects of the initial glow bloom does wear off. I often find this with products though after initial good results it is almost like your skin becomes used to the product and it is no longer effective. It is for this reason that I do change it up every now and then with other creams.
All in all a lovely pot of thick moisturising cream at a good price especially in comparison to use and price to some of the more top end expensive moisturisers out there.
5 stars for smell, use and price.
I'm a beauty productaholic and have spent years trying various creams from cheap to expensive, hi tech chemical filled to organic, cult product to unheard of and I've never found one thats stuck. My skin is combination - very oily and large pored at the T zone and dry elsewhere, and no cream has made any difference in my skin condition. This Soap and Glory night cream though is fabulous - I started using it about 4 months ago and have used it every night since. It is a rich and creamy formula - you only need a little bit for your whole face. It smooths on nicely and soaks in quickly, but it really does moisturise and it lasts all night. I wake up with my skin feeling soft and smooth but without it feeling gunky at all. I think this cream has really improved the condition of my skin since I've been using it. I don't have any more dry sports at all. On a less but still important note, I like the packaging very much - it comes in a heavy round glass jar which feels luxurious. It also smells fresh and clean - not overly perfumed. I think it's definately worth the price (and often Boots have one 3 for 2 deals on Soap and Glory products) and I would recommend it to anyone.
Let me start by saying that I love love LOVE the soap and glory range, I don't know why this brand isn't more expensive because I've tried brands a lot more expensive and I genuinely believe this brand to be better than a lot of them.
One of the things I love about Soap and Glory products are the names, I enjoy the word play and Night in Shining Armour is no exception.
I'll start with the packaging, the actual jar comes packed in a smart little box with the usual pin up style woman and the jazzy logo and states the following:
Soap & Glory Night In Shining ArmourTM Night Cream 50ml includes scientifically tested levels of
* PROVEN ANTIWRINKLE REDUCING SUPERPEPTIDESTM that are:
* SIGNIFICANTLY WRINKLE REDUCING (-44%)
* ELASTICITY INCREASING ( 9%)
* SKIN FIRMING ( 9%)
* SKIN SMOOTHNESS IMPROVING ( 20%)
(with twice daily use over 2 months)
Inside the jar is a little more sleek, the colour is a muted slamon pink but the finish is pearlised rather than the usual matt or see through which gives it a slightly more posh feel.
Twist open the lid and inside is a light pink rich cream, I stress the 'rich' if like me you have combination skin you will only need a small amount of this cream or you will end up oily, but get the balance right and it leaves your skin really soft the next day and with regular use I have noticed that my skin has a nice healthy glow and it has lessened the appearance of the dark circles I suffer from under my eyes.
I use it at bedtime and pop a small amount on my cheeks, nose and one bit on my forehead and that does my whole face, then I pop a small blob on both sides of my neck and that does it (after all, the jar warns on the bottom 'neglect your neck at your own peril' and who's going to argue with that!)
The smell is - as with all other soap and glory products - gorgeous, not as floral as a lot of the others but it smells fresh and girly so it is a great pleasure to go to sleep sniffing it on my face.
It has quite a few oils in it that gives it that unique smell including evening primrose, grape seed, orange, mandarin, lavender and geranium.
I would seriously recommend this product but remember to use sparingly unless you really suffer from dry skin and it just £13 for 50ml I think it is a bargain.
For my birthday last year I was given a huge gift set of Soap & Glory products from my husband. I am a big fan of this range as I think they have some very high quality products. In particular I couldn't wait to try the Night Cream in Shining Armour (50ml) as this was something I had never used before.
- Packaging -
The box for the cream had the usual Soap & Glory design of pink with a black and white picture. It is cute and feminine and instantly looks appealing. The container for the cream is a glass jar which has a pale pearly pink effect so it catches the light beautifully. It doesn't have the Soap &Glory brand name on the jar but does have the product name in a deeper pink on the side of the jar. The lid has the same pearly pink effect and screws on and off easily. On the bottom of the jar is some product information such as how to apply the cream. I think the jar is very pretty and feminine yet very simple. I was impressed when I first saw it as in my experience once you have opened the box of a Soap & Glory product the actual container sometime looks quite cheap. I was pleased the cream came in a jar as this means you can easily get every last bit of cream out. I also like the cute humorous name of this product.
- Applying the Cream -
The instructions are to "every evening, massage your cream generously onto a clean face and neck, using upward, circular motions". I don't tend to do this every evening as I have quite normal skin and I am only 24 so it doesn't seem necessary, instead I follow this routine 3-4 times a week. I usually wash my face, pat it dry with a towel and then apply the cream just before going to bed. The cream itself is white, thick and creamy. It has a really nice consistency and isn't so thick that it will get all over the bed sheets as it does sink in reasonably quickly. The only thing I don't like is the smell. To me it smells quite artificial and not particularly sweet, floral or fruity like some other face creams. It's not unpleasant but not very appealing either.
- The Results -
After one night of using this cream I could really feel the difference. My skin felt nourished, hydrated and very smooth and my complexion looked glowing. After using this cream 3-4 times a week for two weeks these results were enhanced even more. Before using this cream I usually used a day cream on my face before bed but I have now been using this night cream for around four months and I do think it has dramatically improved my skin and I still have plenty left in my jar.
- Fancy Ingredients -
This cream includes a long list of fancy ingredients but the key things are that it contains anti-aging ingredients which help promote firming and elasticity. I am only 24 so can't really comment on whether it makes skin look younger but it has certainly made my skin feel smoother and fresher. It also contains anti oxidant oils and vitamins A and E which all sound lovely and healthy!
- Price and Availability -
I believe the Soap & Glory range is only available in Boots stores where it is priced at £13 for the 50ml jar. I can see it is available online on Amazon priced at £15.99. I would recommend buying it in Boots as you can collect Boots points and they often have free gifts or 3 for 2 offers on this range. I think £13 is very good value as in the past I have bought skin care items that cost £25 plus which ultimately produce quite similar results.
- Would I recommend? -
I would absolutely recommend this product for its pretty packaging, handy jar container, great quality cream which produces brilliant results and all at an affordable price.
I love everything about Soap and Glory's skincare range, from the way the products really make a difference to my skin to the puns on the packaging. Night in Shining Armour is no exception: a lovely rich cream that really nourishes my skin.
I suffer from combination skin that can get very greasy and shiny during the day yet also has dry patches, particularly in the winter. For this reason, I like using a rich face cream to really hydrate my face at night so that I can use a lighter moisturiser during the day. This cream had a fantastic softening effect on my skin and I could feel the difference after just one use. My dry patches reduced noticeably in size after just a few days use, disappearing after about a week and a half. My complexion also looks brighter in the mornings after using this moisturiser, and I really feel that it's nourishing my skin. Although I'm only in my early twenties, I like that the product contains a range of anti-ageing ingredients and claims to reduce wrinkles, firm skin and improve skin elasticity, giving users 'ageless skin'.
I would say that the one disadvantage of this face cream is the price: at £12.26 for a 50ml tub it's not the cheapest night cream on the market and I've found that moisturisers around the £10 mark have done the job just as well. Nonetheless, like other Soap and Glory moisturisers I've tried, a little goes a long way, so I'd still consider this a good value face cream, particularly as Soap and Glory products can often be found on '3 for 2' in Boots.
I could write forever about the soap and glory products their my favourite topic at the moment and my husband and children have a never ending list of presents for me from their range for mothers day and birthdays etc, im a little bit seduced by them all at the moment the hand food cream and deep pore cloth are a strong favourite of mine along with this night in shining armour night cream, its rich and creamy smells like a dream yet isnt so thick it stains your pillows etc and is easily absorbed.
Im 38 at the moment and starting to notice the fine crow lines and frown lines appearing but to be honest havent a clue what to use so I grabbed a pot of this as i know and trust the brand, the packaging is similar to the rest and the fragrance is creamy and sweet too proper girly products but for everyone id say, apparently it has proven wrinkle prevention and all the bumff is on the box to be honest i refer to try the product rather than read about it, ive been using this product for just over 2 weeks now and i dont know if my crow lines are shrinking but my face and neck are soft moisturised and glowing ive even had friends comment on my complexion of late so thats worth the effort alone just for that, they do make it clear that we should be moisturising our necks too so we have been warned girls eh, but on a serious note if your undecided on what to be using at my age then perhaps trying this as you look into it further could be an option but i bet most who try it wont be using other products for a fair while.Great night cream.
Yay! Another one of my product suggestions to be accpeted and I only suggested it last night!! Thanks dooyoo! Well any as you may have guessed it's another Soap & Glory product as that is what my next few days of reviews are dedicated to :) This is another product that I got as part of a set last Chrsitmas I think it was and when I saw that it was a cream specifically designed for wrinkles I wondered what people were trying to tell me!! However I did begin to try it and I must say I was pleasantly suprised by the results!!
The moisturiser comes in a 50ml tub and has the obvious screw off top which is very easy to take off but can be very difficult when it comes to putting it back on! The cardboard box that this tub comes in is in typical S&G design being bright colours (pink) with a lovely black and white picture on the front.
As with all the S&G range applying this couldnt be easier!
I usually apply this just before I go to bed of a night. Just get a generous amount onto your hand and massage into your face and neck with upward motions. The upward motions will increase the blood flow and circulation to your face therefore reducing those annoying little wrinkles!!
What Does The Product Promise?
(SOME OF THIS INFORMATION WILL HAVE BEEN FOUND ON THE BOOTS WEBSITE!!)
Well as you may have guessed, its a wrinkle cream. Now the only reason I use it is because my mom always tell's me prevention is better than cure and if it stops me having a face like crumpled up paper then it will all be worth it :)
This particular cream contains a range of wrinkle battling ingredients all with different properties.
Includes scientifically tested levels of
* PROVEN ANTIWRINKLE REDUCING SUPERPEPTIDESTM that are:
* SIGNIFICANTLY WRINKLE REDUCING (-44%)
* ELASTICITY INCREASING ( 9%)
* SKIN FIRMING ( 9%)
* SKIN SMOOTHNESS IMPROVING ( 20%)
(with twice daily use over 2 months)
What's inside that counts?
* SUPERPEPTIDE COMPLEXTM includes Actigen 02 and Matrixyl 3000 anti-wrinkle actives & oxygen boosters.
* ANTIOXIDANT EFA oils of evening primrose, grape seed and Gold of Pleasure. renowned for their skin rejuvenating & moisture properties.
* Skin conditioning Vitamins A & E.
* Natural aromatic fragrance oils include orange, mandarin, geranium and lavender.
& THEY MANAGE TO PACK ALL OF THAT INTO A 50ml TUB?!!!
Did It Work? + Overall Opinion:
Im not going to pretend that at 18 years old I have wrinkles all over my face because I havent. However I do have those weird little laughter lines at the side of my eyes and stress (!!) lines all over the place on my forehead so I thought trying this product out couldnt hurt! And I was very suprised to find that although my little lines havent disappeared completely they have dramatically reduced and now people cant even see them! Another great thing is that the cream really does moisturise I woke up in the morning with soft and feeling fresh skin so for me it worked on both levels. Great value for money because the 50ml tub has lasted me ages and Im only just running out now (bearing in mind I was bought it last Christmas!!) so well worth it for those beauty junkies who are on a budget! Smell is great but to be honest thats just a bonus for me, it didnt last for ages but I dont want my face smelling all day hehe!
RECOMMENDED FROM ME!
You can pick this product up at any Boots store or online at boots.com for around £12 for 50ml and should you have an advantage card you can collect 48 points with this purchase :)