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Glossybox sent out their Valentines Day themed box back in January 2012 and the Clarins extra firming night cream was one of the goodies inside (see also my review on its counterpart day cream!). I was very excited to see Clarins in my box as I've always wanted to try the brand but have never been able to justify their prices! I received a generous 15ml sample, full size (50ml) retails for around £45+, not exactly a bargain beauty!
My sample came in a soft white plastic squeeze tube with a screw cap beige top and gold trim. The writing on the bottle was in a navy blue, keeping it all very simple and clean. The screw cap was flat bottomed so the tube could stand upside down, meaning you don't have to apply as much pressure when squeezing if you store it standing this way! Soft plastic packaging is a huge win for me as I love being able to cut it open and get at the contents clinging to the insides of the tube - and there was a lot left in there when I cut it open!
The cream itself is thicker than the day cream but not in a heavy, pore clogging way. It has a very fresh, clean scent, a mixture of floral and talcum powder that you'd associate with someone older (I'm only 24!). It says it is for all skin types but some beauty shopping websites have it down specifically for dry skin. The cream is quite rich so I can see why, but my oily skin has responded very well to it too! It's designed to protect the stem cells responsible for cellular renewal, reinforce skins natural defenses, prevent dark spots and moisturize. It's also targeted at women 40+ so I wasn't sure what to expect on my younger skin. I got over 8 weeks use out of my 15ml sample.
After cleansing, apply a small amount to your fingertips and massage into the skin in circular motions, from the middle of the face outwards. Try and avoid the close eye area. Even though it's rich, it's absorbed quickly leaving behind no tack or residue. My skin appears matte which lasts right through till morning.
Since using this night cream in conjunction with my Olay daily UV fluid, I have noticed dramatic results. My skin appears and feels much smoother, and has an overall more even appearance. I have had minimal outbreaks apart from the usual hormone related ones. I've noticed a tiny reduction in the appearance of old acne scars, and any new acne has cleared up without leaving a scar behind. I've also found my acne clearing up much quicker than usual. My skin is looking visible brighter and well rested.
I'm not sure if I can put the healthier looking skin 100% down to the use of this product as I have made some recent lifestyle changes with regards to fitness that will obviously have some similar visible benefits, but I'd like to think the product is helping too. Much like my complaint with the day cream, I can't justify the price. If I had to choose one, I would choose the night cream as I prefer to use more products at night than I do for during the day. At £45+ it's just not an affordable luxury right now, especially compared with The Body Shops' Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment which gave me great results and only costs £10 for 50ml.
Much of what I have read about Clarins seems to say the same thing, 'Good product but such and such product has the same results for a fraction of the cost'. And my experience with Clarins has been no different. As much as I have enjoyed and loved using the above, I have already had similar results from cheaper alternatives. If you can afford to splash the cash on a luxurious treat, I would suggest trying it out, but if you're looking for a beauty bargain, look elsewhere!
I was pleased to get a 15ml sample of this product in my Valentines Day Glossybox, January 2012. I've heard wonderful things about Clarins but have had little opportunity to try out their products! Full size (50ml) retails from £40+ which is way out of my beauty price range!
The sample comes in a soft white plastic squeeze tube with the iconic red writing associated with the Clarins brand. The lid is a beige screw cap with gold trim. It's very neat and tidy and looks fancy in that old school glamour way. The full sized product comes in a circular tub, which looks lovely on display. Soft plastic packaging means I can cut it open and get out the remaining product and I was extremely surprised to see just how much had clung to the sides!
The tube states this extra firming day cream is for all skin types - but with my oily skin I usually find this isn't the case. The cream is a very thin lotion, in a very light pink/beige tone. It is so thin I'm reluctant to call it a cream at all, the consistency is very smooth and it glides effortlessly onto the skin. I find my skin easily and quickly absorbs the product and it leaves no residue behind. It smells lovely, a mixture of soft floral and talcum powder, the kind of smell you associate with an aristocratic older woman. It's very fresh and my skin feels as though it's had an oxygen blast after application. This product is aimed at women in their 40s +, so being only 24 I wasn't sure what results to expect. It's designed specifically to reinforce the skins natural elastic fibers, boosting collagen to build up instead of break down, smooth the skins surface, moisturize and protect from the environment - which surprises me as I can't find any information about an SPF. My 15ml sample lasted me almost 6 weeks which I was quite impressed with!
After cleansing, apply a pea and a half size amount to your fingertips and massage in circular motions in an upwards direction, sweeping out to the sides. This helps to boost circulation. It really does go on a treat, leaving your skin refreshed, and, surprisingly, matte! I wouldn't say it has long lasting oil production control though. My skin instantly felt very soft to the touch, I was fascinated! It also looked visibly smoother, as though I'd spent the day at a luxurious spa!
I have to hand it to Clarins, they know how to make a very good day cream, and it did so much for my skin in general. After just a few days, my skin looked very smooth, even and fresh. My cheeks looked fuller too. As I'm young and have looked after my skin, my collagen levels are already quite high and nothing has started to sag just yet. I must admit, my skin did feel firmer though, and not in a tightly pulled or dried out way, but in a very youthful way! (Can I say that at only 24?)
Though it did mate my skin somewhat matte, it didn't last long and by mid morning I was having to blot and use pressed powder. It's also a huge shame about the price tag, I really did love using the product but not as much as it's night time counterpart to justify purchasing it full size. Though my skin looked and felt great, I cannot actually say it was better than my current Olay daily beauty fluid (which comes in at £4.50!).
A wonderful product if your budget can stretch that far or you're looking to really treat yourself! I think this would be a fantastic addition to the older woman's beauty regime, but us youngins can really get some magic out of it too. Possible in the future when I have more disposable income I would definatly look again at this product - but it needs an SPF to really win my vote 110%!
I received a 10ml sample of the Green People Fruitful nights back in September 2011 in my Glossybox. The 10ml sample would set you back £3.60 to try out through the Green Peoples official website, and the full size ( 50ml) is £14.95. Personally, I think £3.60 is a little steep for just 10ml of product!
My sample came in a little white soft plastic squeeze tube with screw lid. Soft plastic is great as it's easily cut open so once you can squeeze no more you can open it up and scoop out the remainder that is clinging onto the sides of the tube. It has an aqua blue strip along one edge, making it look quite clinical. It claims to be 90.1% certified organic, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
It claims to minimize and eventually banish blemishes, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin and texture, as well as removing dead skin cells and reviving tired skin. For use with normal, dry and oily skin, it recommends those with very sensitive skin avoid. I was a little skeptical about it being able to cover all three-skin types but I still gave it a go. The cream itself is quite thick, and smooth. It's grey in colour and it doesn't smell as fruity as you might expect! The smell reminds me of damp cardboard that has started to dry out. Considering it's active ingredients are jojoba, rosehip and hibiscus I was expecting something with a more pleasant fragrance. The unpleasant smell lingers for some time too which is off putting. The cream itself is absorbed easily into the skin but it does leave behind some residue and feels quite heavy for a night cream. I know rosehip is recommended as a treatment for can scars and jojoba a treatment for oily skin, so I was expecting some great results.
Using only at night time, apply a pea sized amount across your face in a tapping motion, avoiding the eye area. Green People recommend you apply this sparingly, which means it is going to last you quite a while. The 10ml sample I received lasted me well over 4 weeks, but after some skin reactions, I had to cease using it, leaving about 1/6th of product left in the tube.
I'm only in my 20s, and as this is designed for ageing skin I wasn't expecting to see any dramatic results. I was surprised however to find my skin was starting to look a lot smoother after a weeks use, especially around my cheeks My skin did feel quite refreshed in the morning once I had rinsed with cool water.
My skin appeared mattified in the morning but felt as though it had a thick film smeared across it. I wouldn't say it improved my acne at all, or controlled my oily skin. I have no fine lines or wrinkles to comment on either. I also noticed that after around a fortnight the skin near the outer corners of my eyes had started to mottle and become dry and sore. I kept to applying it to m t-zone and cheeks but I was quite concerned about the reaction around my eyes (I did try to keep away from them as much as possible!). The smell was pretty over powering too, which made for an unpleasant experience!
It had some good qualities but I cannot see this becoming a staple in my beauty regime. Perhaps for older skin, the rich fatty acids it contains would be beneficial, especially in improving texture and elasticity. It has however, introduced me to the Green People range, which I was previously unaware of and I am intrigued by some of their other organic products!
I first picked this up in Asda on special offer for £4.50. It usually retails for between £4 - £6. I was an avid user of the Simple daily UV moisturizer but over time my skin had developed a resistance to it and it was actually causing my oily skin to become even oily - not exactly the look I was going for! I've had touch an go issues with Olay products in the past but the cheap price tag drew me in, as well as the 'normal/oily' skin recommendation for the product. It also claimed to; 'leave skin healthy looking in just 5 days', well there was the challenge! Always willing to try out something new I purchased the moisturiser and set off!
The 100ml bottle comes in a white and yellow box, the bottle itself is a small hard white plastic bottle with a black screw lid. Its simple packaging is nothing fancy, so don't expect it to stand out on your bathroom shelf. The box itself contains all of the product information, keeping the bottle clear and simple. The only issues I have with study bottles is that a lot of the product will cling to the inside, meaning you'll be hard pushed to get your full 100mls unless you take a small saw to the bottle! So far I haven't had to do this as the moisturiser doesn't seem to actually cling to the inner walls like most others do! Impressive! The bottle is sturdy but squeezable enough and if stored upside down you will get more of the product out much easier towards the end.
The moisturiser is quite a thin liquid. Cream based which I wasn't initially expecting as most moisturisers designed for oily skin are gel based. With some trepidation I applied a double pea sized amount as instructed. At first, my skin was extremely shiny, especially around the t-zone, but, within around 5 minutes my skin had absorbed the product and my skin had a more overall mattified, even appearance. My t-zone was still a little shiny, but a quick tissue dab cleared this up! The moisturiser is non greasy and contains anti oxidants and vitamin E! Very skin loving indeed! I always use a SPF moisturiser, and this one boasts SPF15, with both UVA and UVB protection. SPF 15 is the dermatological recommendation for minimum level daily UV protection, reducing the risk of skin damage. No matter your age or the season, an SPF is a must in your skin care product!
Apply a double pea sized amount to your finger tips and apply in circular motions upwards and outwards, don't forget your neck and ears too! The product absorbs quickly into the skin and you can dab away any excess. It works well under my mineral makeup, creating a nice base that does not cause the make up to thicken or clump, especially in problem areas. I have not tried this under liquid foundation but would presume that would cause oily skin to act out, so make sure you apply a finishing powder after the liquid foundation to control excess shine.
As above, I love that it has SPF15 and it protects against both UVA and UVB rays (a lot of moisturisers on the high street only protect against one or the other). It's full of everything your skin needs to look and feel nourished and gives 24 hour protection and moisturisation. Containing B3, E and B5 vitamins, it helps to re-texturise, as well as promoting and maintaining healthy looking skin. And as for the 5 day challenge? I started to see visible noticeable results within just 3 days. Almost 12 months on and my skin is looking healthy, even and refreshed. It hasn't aggravated my oily skin or my acne, and I've also found my acne breakouts clearing up much quicker than in the past. It has little to no fragrance and seems to work well with my sometimes sensitive skin.
Too much can leave skin looking too shiny, but that's down to the user's application. If you follow the instructions and apply it in small amounts you should be able to avoid over doing it.
The good far out weighs the bad and I have been reluctant to try many other moisturisers since starting to use this one. I have ventured out and tried a few others but I always return back to my Olay daily fluid. Any reactions I have unfortunately had with other products are quickly rectified within just a few days of going back to Olay too. Olay loves my skin and my skin loves Olay! It's price tag makes it very affordable and it is often on special offer in the supermarkets or the likes of Boots and Superdrug.
When I bought the miniature Seaweed kit, I got a 15ml tube of the Claryfying Night Treatment. Keep an eye on these kits as The Body Shop often has great offers where they reduce them from £25 to £10! A bargain buy when you want to trial a whole new skin care system. For those who read my reviews often, you know how my skin is extremely oily / combination, especially around the t-zone and chin area. This night treatment boasts to help control oil production and reduce shine, exactly what I am looking for in a product. I'm a big fan of overnight treatments too as I prefer to wear less products during the day. A full sized bottle (30ml) will set you back £10.
The Seaweed collection comes in clear plastic containers with a blue/green label around it. The miniatures will be found in a really cute blue mesh zip wash bag - which I have found as the perfect storage solution for my perfume samples! It also makes a great little overnight / work toiletries bag. The tube is pump action v2.0. Conventional pumps have that straw like tube down the middle, so you always have products left over, clinging to the sides. The pump action with this product is very different. There is no tube! Instead, the base of the tube moves up a little every time you pump. I love this! No product left behind at all!
The product is an almost clear gel with a slightly green tinge to it. I find that gel based products are fantastic for oily skin, as they are absorbed easier and leave little to no residue behind unlike some cream based products. It claims to be non-clogging and I have to say; it's true! It's moisturising too, so the drier areas of my face get treated just as well as the oilier areas. It does smell quite strongly of the seaweed, but I find its not to over powering and does not linger at all on the skin.
After cleansing and toning (though, I have since stopped using toner all together), pump the tube once onto your fingers. Rub your hands together and apply in circular motions to your face, upwards and outwards. It does feel a little 'wet', but I find this goes away quite quickly. Then apply half a pump in the same fashion to your neck area, working from the base upwards. I find my skin feels very fresh, with no 'damp' patches or dry patches. My skin instantly looks mattified - even in the morning after a full nights sleep! I always try to apply the product when my skin is still feeling slightly damp from cleansing as I find the gel is absorbed easier into the skin.
For the last few weeks, I have taken to only applying it on my t-zone and neck and have experienced amazing results. My overly large pores have a much more minimised look, and breakouts in these areas have become quite rare. I have had a dramatic reduction in shine and I feel as though I am finally getting the oil under control. My skin feels very balanced, with an even tone all over. I do think this is because of a combination of products I am using at the moment, but the night treatment is playing a big part. I have very sensitive skin and have had no reactions to the product. Win! The 15ml tube you get in the miniatures kit lasted me well over a month and after seeing such amazing results, I splurged on the full sized version. I'm looking to get 2+ months from the 30ml, and so far so good!
My only complaint - it seems to have little, to no effect on the acne on my chin. I have been suffering with some really bad breakouts in the chin area and the night treatment hasn't changed a thing about them. I'm still trying to determine the cause of the breakout as it was very random. Spots in the area are usually linked to hormones. Note, I had been using the product well over 2 months before the breakout occurred so I do not link the breakout to this particular product.
I'd probably say this is one of the best night treatments I have come across in a long while, and given its price tag it's definatly one of the more affordable too! For those of us who suffer with oily skin it's worked a treat, but I have noticed if you come away from using it for just a few days, the oil production does seem to increase some what - which isn't a good thing if your waiting to replace an empty bottle! Overall it's well worth the investment to try out and I would consider it one of my bargain beauties!
I got a 15ml trial size version of this day cream when I purchased a complete seaweed kit in my local Body Shop. The kit only cost me £10 (RRP £25), which means each product in the starter kit as I would call it, cost me just £2.50...a bargain if like me, you love to try new products! I'm on the hunt for the perfect skin care system and having heard so many wonderful things about The Body Shop, I decided to finally venture in and see what I could find. I have very oily, sensitive, acne prone skin, so after much wandering about in the store and a chat with the sales assistant, 'Seaweed' came home with me.
The day cream comes in a solid, small white plastic pot with a secure screw top lid. It has the green/blue labelling associated with the rest of the Seaweed line, making it easy to find when you're in store. I have to admit, the thing I love most about the pot is how reusable it is. I'm going away in a few weeks and I much prefer to decant my larger bottles into something smaller so I'm carrying less weight in my luggage (especially great if you travel with only hand luggage!). If the entire system itself had been an overall winner, it would have been the perfect pre-holiday purchase, idea for hand luggage or saving weight/space in the suitcase!
For oily skin, you always want to use a product with a gel like consistency; it is less likely to clog up the pores. With 'cream' in the title, I was expecting something thicker with a more solid consistency. What I got was a very pale white, thin, possible even watery substance. It was not cream and it was not gel, it was somewhere in between. All the products in this range have the same, very distinct smell. As cliché as it sounds, it smells very sea-like, almost a little salty. It has a very peculiar scent, which I believe is the seaweed. It really hits you at the back of the nostrils, making it somewhat unpleasant! It does put me off the products but luckily, it does not linger for long on the skin. The 15ml pot of cream lasted me around 4 weeks. It was the second product of the four in the kit to run out. I think 4 weeks for 15ml is great, I was only using it once a day, but when certain steps of the kit run out, I no longer feel as though I am getting the benefits of the entire system when other products have lasted 3+ weeks longer than this one.
After cleansing and toning, get a 2x pea sized amount of the cream onto your fingers, work it between both hands for a few seconds then apply to the face. Move in circular, sweeping motions across the face. Try not to concentrate on the eye area, just gently sweep over this area once or twice. I concentrate mostly on my most problematic areas, mainly the T-zone and chin. Take a second, smaller amount and work into the neck from your décolletage, upwards. Do not forget your ears! After application my skin looks very shiny, especially my nose. I find that the shine goes away after a few minutes but not for long. My skin feels very refreshed and hydrated.
I do like the very strange consistency to the day cream, my pores do not feel clogged and my skin does feel as though it can breathe. It works well under make-up, acting as a nice base/prep cream. It's longevity really surprised me, for such a small pot I didn't expect to get more than two weeks out of it. I always say I need a good month+ to really decide on the quality and effects of a product and this size definatly gave me that chance.
Shine control? Zero. The main selling point for this day cream was its mattifying properties and should have supposedly controlled my shine. For someone with minimal/mild oily skin problems then maybe it would work well for them, but for someone with over active sebum glands like me, it is an epic fail of a product. If anything, I found my t-zone was shiner after using it. I see many rave reviews here on DooYoo about this moisturiser and am saddened that I cannot say the same as others. Nevertheless, everyone's skin is unique and different, what works for him or her will not always work for me. I was also annoyed that they put the non-SPF version of this moisturiser in the starter kit. There is a full sized version available that is SPF15. I am not saying the SPF version would have made much of a difference, but to go 4 weeks without an SPF on my face made my toes curl!
I will definatly not be repurchasing this product. From the four products in the starter kit, this probably comes in 3rd place. A full sized version of this will set you back, £9 for 50ml, the SPF version costs £10 for 50ml. I will not begrudge the £2.50, it was nice to give it a go, it is just a shame it failed on several levels.
I got a 60ml travel sized bottle of this toner when I purchased the complete minis set from The Body Shop. Priced at £25, I got it for a bargain £10! I also got a voucher for £10 off a £25 spend, to be used the following month. I have not seen these receipt vouchers for a few months now though. They do save you a fortune if you're a regular Body Shopper. As an oily/combination skin type, I am constantly on the lookout for products specifically targeted at my skin type and having never tried out any of The Body Shops skin care systems, I figured their 'Seaweed' selection sounded like a good place to start as it boasts being created for my specific skin type.
Here's what I love about walking around The Body Shop; everything is so organised. It is so easy to walk in and walk straight to your specific products without wasting time aimlessly wandering about, reading bottle to bottle. If you know the system you're looking for, you can pop in and out really fast! The Seaweed collection is marked with a blue/green label, and the containers are generally clear and/or white plastic packaging. The mini collection comes in a blue/green mesh zip back, a great travel toiletry case, it's also doubled up as the perfect storage for my perfume samples! The toner comes in a small clear plastic bottle with a flip top...and the bottles are great for being reused, something that I especially like! I wonder if this was what The Body Shop had in mind? It would be great if they offered a recycling scheme similar to the Lush pot recycle scheme!
The toner has a green tinge to it that makes it somewhat uninviting to look at; it's quite unique in its colouring. As it's 'seaweed' then the tinge is cliché but expected. Most toners have the same water-like consistency and this is no exception. The only thing I have found is that when applying, it does dry with a somewhat tacky residue that takes a few minutes to mattify. Most of the products in this range have the same sea like fragrance but I find it stronger in the toner. It really seems to linger on the skin for sometime too. I'm not convinced this is a wholly natural smell as the toner does list 'parfum' in the ingredients. It also lists 'menthol' in the ingredients and I do find this to be quite a prominent 'eye stinging' scent. As I have somewhat sensitive skin, I try to avoid toners with an alcohol base as they can be quite harsh; unfortunately, I forgot to check the label on this one until after a few uses. You can definatly tell the difference between an alcohol based and an alcohol free toner...alcohol based gives you that 'stinging' sensation that alcohol free lacks. Alcohol toners tend to be more drying, so avoid these if you have dry skin!
After washing with the Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, I pat the skin dry and then apply a good few drops of the toner to a cotton pad. With the skin still slightly damp, I sweep the toner across my face, starting at the chin, working upwards and outwards in circular motions. I also do my ears, behind my ears and my neck. I find I need to get the cotton pad quite drenched in order to really get anywhere with this toner. Too little on the pad and it dries out and feels very uncomfortable on the skin. As it's alcohol based, using on and around the eye area is a big no no. It really dried out the outer corners of my eyes and though it isn't too bad and removing waterproof mascara residue, the pain it leaves behind is not worth it! It actually took the skin around my eyes a few weeks to recover from this!
When looking at the cotton pad, it does appear to have removed an awful lot of dirt and oil. My skin feels zingy (and stingy) after use, and very open and fresh. The toner boasts to, 'minimise pores, remove impurities and reduce excess oil'. Well, I will agree with the last two statements, it does remove the excess oil on the skin at the time, but it does little to prevent the oil building up after use. As for minimising pores, I have very large pores on my nose and chin and it has done nothing at all to their appearance or clearing them out. It feels more like a surface cleaner than anything penetrating. Possible using after a facial steam would remove more of the dirt, but I find this stings my skin more.
Out of all the products in the mini Seaweed set, the toner has to be the least impressive and it really lets the entire system down. The 60ml sample lasted me around 4 weeks, and when almost all the others are still going strong 6 weeks on, it comes in last place. I strongly dislike the smell which seems to linger for a long time too. It's too 'menthol' and I feel at times, as though I have Vicks on my face! It says it will leave my skin shine free...which is true for a few minutes, but once the moisturiser goes on or a few hours pass, you can say hello to shine once again.
I gave it a go, but I doubt I would ever repurchase this toner. My skin really dislikes alcohol based toners and I don't want to aggravate it any more than I have to! I wouldn't recommend it to dry skin types as it does really dry out the skin, but even then, it doesn't dry it out enough to combat the excess sebum oil. It's a no win toner for me. For the past 3 months or so I have given up on toner all together and have noticed a dramatic difference in my skin, especially around the t-zone. My skin isn't totally oil-free but it has reduced noticeably!
My skin as become very anti-anything of late. My traditional staple products have been rebuffed by it's barrier and I'm struggling to find something to penetrate it. I've heard good things for years about The Body Shop products but have avoided trying out many of them because I do find it all to be quite expensive for the size of the product you get. Now that I'm earning more ££ I decided it was time to jump in and splash out a new skin care regime so headed to my nearest Body Shop. I picked up a travel sized kit, usually £25, for just £10, of the 'Seaweed' collection. I couldn't believe the price! I even got a £10 off £25 spend voucher on my receipt for future use. I chose the Seaweed line as it claims to be for oily/combination skin - and was the only one I could see for this skin type.
I do love how each individual line in the Body Shop has matching packaging, making it easier to spot your products and put together a complete set. The Seaweed line has a blue/green colour label on all its products, usually in clear plastic or white plastic containers. It all looks rather cute huddled together on my dresser. The cleansing lotion looks like a thick, slightly green tinged cooking oil which didn't appeal to me, but let's not judge the book by the cover. The 60ml travel sized bottle comes with a flip top lid which can also be unscrewed. This, I like very much as it makes the bottle reusable - ideal for my upcoming holiday! Was it Body Shops idea to give us reusable packaging?
I've always been told that gel based products are best for oily/combination skin but the lotion feels more oil based than any facial wash I've ever used. It is soap free and oil free (so the small print says) but it has a very thick, oily consistency. As cliché as it may sound, it does have a very 'sea' like smell to it. It smells fresh and the slightest bit salty - which is so cliché I wasn't expecting it! It lathers up quickly but it is not a very foamy lather - which I know is probably better for my skin type but it doesn't 'feel' like a face wash, most of my others have been rather frothy. It boasts to leave skin, 'clean, clear and shine free'. Made with Community Trade seaweed, you feel as though you are doing some good for somebody somewhere by buying the product.
Rinse your face in lukewarm water then squeeze out a marrowfat pea sized amount onto your fingertips. Work it up a little in your hands then start to apply to the face, working in circular motions; I like to focus more on my oilier areas. I usually massage it gently into the skin for a minute or so. It feels a little tingly around the eyes but nothing unpleasant. You start to get that refreshing feeling on your skin before you even rinse. Don't forget to work into your neck area too! Rinse with lukewarm water until all the product is removed and pat dry. My skin always feels like it's had a 'blast' of freshness for a few minutes and feels very matte and dried out - in the good way for oily skin. Use twice daily. It's great for removing minimal make up but not so effective on heavy eye makeup. It did work a treat on my waterproof mascara though!
The 60ml of product has lasted me 6 weeks so far, and it looks like there is about 2 weeks' worth left in there, so it is defiantly value for money in my books! For the first week or so, my skin was perfectly matte and I was amazed, I'd never had such oil free skin (bare in mind I followed through with the whole Seaweed system so this could explain the results too). I love the matte feeling after washing my face and it feels really clean and soft. The weeks since then, it hasn't felt so matte, but I have a feeling that's more to do with the toner/moisturiser than the facial wash itself).
I can't say it's helped with my acne any, and after 6 weeks I'd have hoped to see some improvement. I wouldn't say it's got worse but it's got no better either. It doesn't claim to be an acne cute, but a product boasting about clear skin and removing impurities should have some acne benefits! I'm not 100% on the smell but it doesn't linger.
I'm still not 110% decided on this facial wash. I do love how my skin feels after washing and do think, for the price, it is value for money as it lasts for so long! 60ml is still going strong after twice daily washes for over 6 weeks now! But as for my oily/combination skin, that's still as oily and combination as it was in the beginning...so is it really doing anything worthwhile for my skin? I'm leaning reluctantly towards no...which makes me come to the conclusion it may not be worth a re-purchase. The quest continues!
I've found over the last few years, my skin seems to develop and immunity to products after some time of using them. My staple facial skin care has primarily been from the Simple brand, having had very few successes with anything else, but, as you can guess, my skin has now put up an anti-Simple barrier which it refuses to drop. I've been in need of a new moisturiser for some time now and had heard good things on the beauty-vine abut Nivea's Daily Essentials line. My experience with Nivea has been more miss than hit, but as I have acne prone, sensitive, oily combination skin, the Daily Essentials Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream seemed to tick off all my problems one by one. But would it solve them? I picked up the 50ml cream for £2.39 in home Bargains - did see it in Tesco today on offer for £1.99 (correct at time of publication).
The squeeze tube comes packaged in a cardboard box that carries all the product information. There are two versions, this one, for oily & combination skin (look for the box with the green line) and the other for normal to dry skin (look for the box with the blue line). It claims to, 'moisturise & regulate shine for a fresh skin feeling', with, 'natural lemongrass and rice extract'. The squeeze tube is a white soft plastic that stands upright on the nozzle end. It's capped off with a mint green plastic screw cap. Great for rolling out the last of the products but I dislike the fact I can't see how much I have left. Bonus of the thin plastic is that once you can squeeze no more, you can use scissors to open it up and get the remaining 20% of product that's stuck on the sides.
The cream is thin in consistency and absorbed easily into the skin. It goes on very silky and leaves skin feeling really smooth though I have found it leaves my skin looking and feeling rather shiny for a few minutes. Until you skin feels more 'matte', I'd hold off on applying your make-up for 10 minutes or so. It feels really refreshing and has quite a mild potpourri scent which I didn't expect! This doesn't linger long. As a product designed for oily skin, I was expecting something with a more gel like consistency.
After my cleanse and tone I put a just bigger than a pea sized amount onto my finger tips and massage into my skin (try to do it on ever so slightly damp skin as it absorbs better), working from my chin, upwards and outwards in circular motions. It says to avoid the eye area but I usually just swipe over them a little and have had no reactions. Then squeeze a less than pea sized amount onto your fingers and work into your neck, from collar bones to chin, moving upwards and around, not forgetting the sides and back! This moisturiser is spf8 - not high enough in my opinion even for the UK but a nice bonus. I prefer a minimum of spf15 for the colder months and spf20+ for summer.
My skin does feel very silky after application and for the price; I think it's an ample amount of product. I have seen this on sale for £4+ which I think it defiantly too much for something I'd consider 'travel sized'. It smells really nice too and my oh so sensitive skin has no complaints.
Zero shine control. I don't like to wear a lot of makeup every day, especially foundations, but with this product, I find myself going through a lot of powder and blotting paper! I apply at 7am, get to work for 9am and need to blot which in my opinion is not good at all. If anything, I actually think this product lights up my t-zone and somehow, makes my pores on my nose seem more prominent. It has had no good or bad affect on my acne, though I didn't expect it to. As the day goes on, my skin feels as though it has a layer of latex pulled across it and the area of my neck that creases when I nod my head feels very thick with grease (and I don't have a oily neck area!) Suffice to say, it does the opposite of what it advertises!
At the back of my drawer, it will suffice as an emergency moisturiser but once it's gone, I won't be re-buying. I'm still yet to have a good experience with a Nivea product. I struggle to recommend this to the oily &combination skin types out there, and feel it might be more suited to those with drier skin. For the price, it's ok, it's just a shame it doesn't work for more than 1hour!
Whenever I'm feeling the need for a little pampering, I always find myself in Boots on the Sanctuary aisle. It's my go-to brand for feel good at home spa treatments! The only thing I'm not a fan of is the price...it's not exactly 'bargain beauty' but I have found a nice little trick to avoid the price tags. Gift vouchers? Advantage card points? Batting my eyelashes at the other half?
All of the above I'm sure would work...but why not try taking a trip to your local (biggest) Boots on...Boxing Day? You're still full from yesterdays dinner and the crowds and queues are less than appealing, but, if you time it right you can be in and out quicker than Flash, with some amazing bargains in your bag! All of their Christmas gift sets are reduced by 50% or more and as there is no real shelf like for the likes of moisturisers, bubble baths and shower gels etc, you can easily stock up on a years worth of pampering goodies for half the usual price!
One bargain I bagged on Boxing Day 2010 was a trio of 150ml Sanctuary Body Butters. 'Kyphi' was included in this set and it was one I had previously bought for others but never for myself. I've found that the body butters can be a little hit and miss so usually stick to the same one, but when it's working out at £2 a pot, I'll give any of them a go!
The product comes in a thick, clear plastic circular tub with a small sticker on the lid. It has a really delicate design of red petals with white writing on that looks rather luxurious on the bathroom shelf. It's a screw top tub that opens easily and 'locks' into place when you close it - I've had it rolling around a drawer and have had zero accidents! I've dropped it once and the lid stayed tightly shut too. I like the solid feeling of the packaging too, feels less 'cheap', unlike some other brands.
The body butter is really thick and creamy. A little doesn't tend to go a long way and it is absorbed into the skin quite quickly. However it does tend to leave behind a little residue, especially on the less dry areas of my skin which makes for an uncomfortable feeling if I dress straight after application. Applying it, it has an almost gel like consistency which I find strange for a body butter but it's not unpleasant. It's fragranced with sandalwood and vanilla, of which I think the vanilla, is the more dominant scent. I was expecting something more airy and floral, but it smells a lot warmer and earthy. It does leave behind a faint smell but it doesn't last long. I have found though that if you get a little hot and bothered through the day, you can start to smell it again, almost as though your pores really drunk it in when you put it on. To me, this shows that it does penetrate at least the first layer or so of skin. Is this a good thing? I'm not too sure!
After body brushing, start at the feet and work your way upwards in circular motions, always working towards your heart. This massaging action helps to improve the blood flow under your skin which in turn, helps to generate new skin cells. Around those 'cellulite' areas, massage a little deeper and longer, this helps to break up the fatty deposits that cause cellulite. The moisturiser itself is no miracle cure, I find that physical actions do more than any product has. I tend to get quite dry skin on my legs after shaving and as this moisturiser is really rich, it really helps with this.
I love the silky smooth feeling on my skin after application. That feeling lasts all day, especially on my dry patches. I feel really relaxed and like I've spoilt myself a little. I tend to use this product every morning and the 150ml will last me around 4 - 6 weeks which I think is great considering it cost me just £2! It came wrapped in vacuum plastic and once open, must be used within 12months, so buying so far in advance has had no adverse effects on the product.
I haven't seen this brand in store or online since I purchased back in 2010 so I take that to mean they no longer produce it? I would repurchase if it available but not at full price. A normal Sanctuary Body Butter can set you back quite a few ££ and though it's a nice little treat with great consistency and fragrance, it has no actual benefits that warrants the price tag.
As a treat, yes. As a long term solution to dry skin, cellulite, or any other ailment? I think not. It's fun whilst it lasts but I won't miss it when it's gone!
After watching a few videos on YouTube about the benefits of a layering evening skin care regime I decided it was about time I invested in an eye-specific moisturizer, so as always, my first port of call was the Simple brand. I have been a religious user and advocate of their brand for many years now, having rather sensitive skin, I never have a reaction to their products so I was happy to leave the moisturizing of my eye are in their hands.
The 15ml tube set me back around £3 in Tesco, not bad considering other brands wanted £8+ for similar products. "Soothing Eye Balm is a perfect blend of active ingredients and vitamin goodness to reduce puffiness and relax tired eyes". Consider me sold so off I popped with my new product in hand.
It's designed to soften, smooth and improve the skin condition around the eye area and I have seen some results, though only slightly. You use a tiny amount on your ring finger (the weakest finger on the hand) and pat it around your eye - avoiding contact with the eyeball of course. I pat it around until it starts to feel tacky, then allow it to soak in which takes no time at all. I'm not sure how good of a base it would be under make up, but it doesn't seem to effect applied make up in a bad way, or any way. The skin around my eyes, my eye lids in particular, does feel much softer but looks wise, not much has changed.
I have used it morning and night as instructed on the packaging and the improvement isn't as noticeable as I would have liked. I'd like to say my eyes look much brighter and happier but I think that's more to do with a good nights sleep than the eye balm. I don't tend to suffer with a lot of puffiness around my eyes so how it combats this I'm not sure. I have ad zero issues with irritation, and it is completely fragrance free.
£3 is not a bad price considering how long it will last, a little really does go a long way with this product, but you can't expect miracles. Would I buy it again? If I'm at the end of the tube and my eyes are looking amazing then yes - and I'll update the review of course, but if things keep as they are, which I feel they might, then I can't see this being a future investment. As far as the quest for bargain beauty goes, I would add this to the 'give it a try' basket, but I don't think it's found a permanent home in my beauty box.
I'm a girl with traditions, one of which is venturing through the maddening crowds on Boxing Day every year to the biggest Boots store I can find and ransacking their left over Christmas Goodies that have been reduced by 50%+. You'd be amazed at how much is 'left over'! I have a theory that they keep some stock back and only put it out Christmas Eve / Boxing Day purely for the sales crowds, and there are many fantastic bargains to be had.
I am a huge fan of The Sanctuary range but not a fan of their usual prices, hence my Boxing Day Boots raid. Why pay full price when you can get it for half? The Christmas gift sets they put together are a great way to try out other products in the range without splashing out lavishly on something you might not find so lavish. I picked up a few different sets, one being a moisturizer set which should have cost me £12, I got for £6. It contained 3 150ml plastic pots of Sanctuary Soufflés, one of which being Mande Lular, "A sensuous Indonesian spa treatment with antioxidant vitamin E and exotic spices".
Take time to yourself.
I've got into the daily habit of body brushing and moisturizing and over the last 18 months I have noticed a tremendous difference to my skin when using certain brands. Sanctuary is one of these 'look at my lovely skin' brands so I did not have a second thought in trying Mande Lular. "A hedonistic cocktail of soothing chamomile", its fragrance was very strong and lingered on my skin for quite some time. You can definatly smell something 'exotic' in it, but in a light, refreshing sort of way. As I did not mind the smell, I did not mind it lingering on my skin, until I realized that as the day went on, it became rather pungent and 'stale'. I thought I must have just got a bit sweaty that day, but then the next, the next and the next, by about mid afternoon my skin didn't smell so great. Now I do not think it was a noticeable, 'she smells' kind of smell, but it made me very self conscious. Different products react differently with people's skin, I know a few people who have used this and have never experienced a 'stale' smell so maybe it is just me?
As for the moisturizer itself, it is very creamy in texture and thick. A little does not go a long way and it can take a bit more time and work to rub in (not ideal when you are rushing out to work in the morning). If it does not entirely soak in, you clothes feel as though they are clinging to you and your skin feels like there is a thick film layer across the top of it. If you have the time to stand and let it soak in then it does leave you skin feeling very well fed and nourished. Nevertheless, we do not always have those extra few minutes.
My skin did look healthier and visible smoother after using this product but out of the ones in the Sanctuary range I have tried, this did not make it only my list of favorites. The smell just was not right for me. The 150ml pot lasted me around 2 months, which is not bad, but I did not use it as often as I normally would have. In Boots, a 50ml pot will set you back £2.50 which I think is a bit much, for £10 you can get 475ml which is better value for money. Keep an eye out for their 3 for 2 offers and consider giving it a whirl! It might like your skin better than it liked mine!
Why is when you step into Lush you can't leave without buying something, anything, to take home and indulge yourself in? I'd originally gone in to investigate a few ideas I was having about a new skin care routine when I came across these funny looking little tablets.
About the size of a £2 coin and 3 times the thickness, at 75p a pop I had nothing to lose. It promises to keep everyone's skin balanced and lovely, with lavender essential oil to keep your skin smooth, and its omega 3 oil and vitamin E revive tired faces. It sounded like a great little SOS addition to my skin care regime so home it came with me.
I do love a good face steaming don't you? That feeling of the pores opening, all the dirt and oil coming out, your pores tightening up afterwards feeling clean and revitalized. I usually just use a nice bowl of hot water and a big towel, so putting this effervescent toner tab into the water was an interesting experience.
You get no instructions so I wasn't sure if I'd put in too much, or too little water. I think it was around 400ml but it was a small bowl! I also only used half the tab (it cuts up easily with a sharp knife and breadboard!). Why half the tab? Because I'd only bought one tab and I wanted to try it again a few days later to get a better idea of what, if anything, it can do for my skin. So, in went the half a toner tab and it fizzed up like a Lush bath bomb, with a slight white, talcy mist rising from it. Once the whizzing and fizzing had calmed down, I leant over the bowl and draped a towel over my head.
You are instantly hit with a very strong fragrance of lavender that reminded me of a 'Grandma' style perfume. I could put up with the smell but it's not one I would choose. I also felt the deeper I breathed in, the more the back of my throat started to sting, nothing too painful but I do have a very sensitive throat so this was deflating my relaxation bubble. Steam though, is steam, and it felt no different to when I steam with hot water except for the smell. I opened my eyes a few times, no stinging. With having no instructions I didn't know how long to stay in my steamy cocoon, so i gave it around 5 - 10 minutes, until I was bored standing there really.
Looking back, I should have read some reviews on here before I used the tab. Apparently, after removing your face from the steaming, you are suppose to wipe some of the steamed out toner on your face with cotton pads, then allow the water to cool, bottle it, and use it as a toner for a few days. Now that's what I call bargain beauty - a bottled toner for 75p! Though it's shelf life is untested, its a nice little bonus.
My skin did feel amazing, very soft and revitalized. It looked much brighter and, dare I say it? Clearer? My pores looked visibly reduced and my rather red blemishes had reduced in redness. The next day my skin still felt and looked quite good, I was impressed. The effects didn't last long though. I do wonder if I had bottled the toner water what the outcome might have been several days on and I will be trying this out the next time I buy a tab from the range.
I was impressed, but steaming my face every night is not a practical solution to my skin problems. It's great for a treat or a pamper night, and if you do fall in love with these little beauties, you can buy them in multipacks which will save you some £££. Be sure to pick one up next time your in store, or add it to your cart if your shopping online. There are currently 4 toner tabs in total in the range, all created for slightly different skin, from teenage to ageing.
When I asked my boyfriend for iPod speakers for Christmas, he searched high and low for the perfect ones. I did not want anything fancy, none of this glow in the dark space ship models, or something so big it needed its own sideboard. I admit I like quirky, unique looking furniture, but living at my parent's house, I just do not have the space! Just something small, compact, great sound and the ability to charge my iPhone when it is docked - JBL on Stage 3 ticked every box.
In the box, you get the base unit, infrared remote, dock adaptors, power adaptor, and a 3.5mm audio cable. There is also a great black fabric zip bag to carry / store it all in.
The dock adaptors allow the following iProducts to be used with the base unit;
iPod nano [1st Gen) (2, 4GB)
iPod nano [2nd Gen] (2,4,8GB)
iPod with video 5th Gen (60,80GB)
iPod Classic (160GB)
5G and U2 iPod with video (30GB)
iPod classic (80GB)
iPod nano video [3rd Gen] (4,8GB)
iPod Touch (8,16GB)
The adaptors are clear plastic pieces designed to hold your iProduct in place in the base unit, though if you have a cover on your iPhone as I do, then the phone will not fit into the designated adaptor unless you remove the cover - that is not something I want to be doing every time I go to dock! I have found however that by just putting my iPhone, cover and all, straight onto the base unit without the adaptor, works fine. It does not have the rigid stability the adaptor gives, but it connects well and I have had no problems. I think the same would go for the other iProducts. If you want to connect other audio devices, such as MP3, CD, desktop and laptop computers etc, you can use the provided audio cable in the headphone jack, which connects round the back of the unit near the power button. Though designed for the iRange, it gives out amazing quality for other audio devices.
The base unit itself can be powered by 6AA batteries, or, the power adaptor. I use the power adaptor, as I do not like paying out for batteries. I am not sure how long your standard AA would last in the JBL, it all depends on how much you use it. I have it located near an extension cable so it is always plugged in and ready to go. The power adaptor is quite weighty, so if I were going to take the system on holiday I would opt for batteries to save weight.
The base unit is black, circular and stylish in design. 7 1/2 inches in diameter, 2inches in height, it weighs 1.12lb. Small, light and very portable! It has two silver buttons on the front for volume control and the power button is located at the back, as is the audio in and the 12v DC in. The speaker system is located in the circular frame, giving full 360 high quality sounds, as well as including four mini woofers, 2 on each side. Its design overall is extremely neat, ideal if you are looking for a speaker system that takes up little to no room. It sits quite happily on the corner of my dresser and does not get in the way at all.
The sound is amazing. When I first got my iPhone, I was impressed with the sound coming from that alone, but when you dock it in the JBL, the improvement is ten-fold. It is so clear, even when you push the volume to its max (which is MAX!) the audio is still clear, hearing songs word for word, drum for drum etc. The design of the speakers means it will sound just as clear from whatever your position to the system, ideal for parties. I use it mostly of a morning to listen to podcasts and the sound quality is superb, it even seems to improve those that have been recorded poorly (much in the way a blu-ray player up scales regular DVDs). As for music, there is none of that tinny, echoing you sometimes get from small speaker systems, it plays out clear and pitch perfect. Even outdoors, it continues to impress. I have never had much luck with using smaller speaker systems outdoors but the JBL on Stage 3 gives a symphonic performance outdoors as well as in!
I love the small controller that comes with the system. It is of the same black finish as the base unit, with 10 buttons. Volume control, play/pause, mute/unmute, previous/rewind, next/fast-forward, scroll up, scroll down, menu and select/enter. The remote will interact with the player from up to 20ft away, even through walls! Yes, I said walls! I have tried this myself and 9 times out of 10, it succeeded! Again, another great function if you are using this speaker system for a party.
I needed my docking station to have charge functions, as these systems can usually drain your iProducts batteries, not great if you use it in the morning before you head out, only to find you have left with less than half a battery life. The JBL charges the iProduct as soon as you connect and switch on, even when you have nothing playing, it will charge. It does not charge as fast as the adaptor for the iProduct would on its own if you have music / podcasts playing, but that is because you are using the charge as it charges. If you leave the iProduct in the base unit, and do not play any music etc, it will charge faster than it would with the regular adaptor.
I find it hard to find any faults on this system. It does everything I wanted. Small, lightweight, compact, stylish, charges, and outputs an amazing sound, you really cannot go wrong. For the music junkie to the teen bouncing around his or her bedroom, this product will suit everyone. Taking up little space it can easily be placed out of sight, and the controller is extremely responsive.
You can find this product online from around £99; though look out for special electronic discount deals on the likes of Amazon.
I have been desperate for new everyday mascara for a few weeks now as my Maybelline one had come to an end. It had not been the most impressive mascara but it did the job, though I was not eager to re buy it. Venturing into my local boots, for a large-ish store, it has quite a small make-up selection and their Natural Collection display is out of sight. As I worked my way along the aisle looking at the different mascaras I was over whelmed. Magic wand this, lash revitalizing that, wands that curved left, wands that curved right, all I wanted was a basic black, waterproof mascara, basic anything is so hard to find these days at a reasonable price!
The Naturals Collection display section is about as fuss-free and basic as you can get, much like the products and their packaging, and the prices are low. Around £1.99 for most things, including the Water Guard Mascara I picked up. No fancy pants technological doodahing words or false promises to make my lashes look tv-big and false. The packaging is simple, a white plastic tube with the Natural Collection logo in brown. They have several mascaras in the range.
The wand is an old style brush wand, thought quite long which I like. My trouble with thick brush wands is that they tend to leave behind lots of clumps so I was a little weary before applying. The plastic tubing has a inner plastic piece that gives a little popping sound as you remove the wand - this inner piece effectively removes excess mascara and clumps from the brush. Problem solved!
The packaging boasts, 'waterproof and smudge resistant. Fragrance free. Dermatologically tested'. I always like to go for products designed for sensitive skin, especially products I'll be using around my eyes as they can get irritated quite easily. Fragrance free it may be, it does not smell like a bed of roses, but, it does smell like nail varnish removed, there's a definite tang there to the scent that is unpleasant if you're going to sit and sniff the wand all day. That kind of smell always worries me that its going to lead to an allergic reaction, just because it smells harsh but luckily I've stayed reaction-free. You can't smell this product once it's on so as long as it keeps it's self contained to the tube, I'm fine with that!
Application was easy, the long brush helps to get a more even and fuller coverage and when applied, the lashes do not clump together for that 'spidery' effect. I tend to pre-curl my lashes to help separate them, apply the mascara, wait a few seconds for it to go tacky, then re-curl. This seems to keep my lashes separated and to give a more natural and long lasting curl. I have dark eyelashes but this helps to really make them pop and stand out a little more.
It's staying power seems pretty impressive, though I've yet to attempt wearing it on a sweaty day or at the swimming pool!
I wouldn't say it's an ideal mascara for going out in as it doesn't really do anything 'wow' to your lashes, but it does give a nice coverage and is ideal for day to day wear and work, especially if you prefer the more natural and bare beauty look. As a bargain beauty buy it gets the thumbs up. For £1.99 I was not expecting much of anything but I was surprisingly impressed, and looking at other reviews on dooyoo, it seems it has had the same effect on many others! I would be keen to try out other products in the range, especially the other mascaras. You will probably get around 3 months out of this before you need a new one.
I'd definatly recommend that everyone tries this mascara at least once, and I think it's a great budget buy for teens who are just starting to experiment with make up. Why pay £15+ when you can get the job done for £2?