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I suffer with oily skin, so I am am always on the lookout for suitable products to help me deal with this. This product contains mud, black sugar, charcoal and avocado oil to provide an exfoliating, yet moisturising cleanser.
I purchased a tub of this from Lush for £6.75 for 100g. It comes in a screw lid tub from which you scoop out a pinch of dried cleanser into your palm. A little goes a long way. The consistency of the cleanser is like a damp powder, you then add a small amount of water to this and mix up to form a paste. The process is a little messy, I prefer to do use this in shower to save getting the product all over the bathroom sink!
Its easy to spread the cleanser of the face, the sugar granules are noticeable, as the product is mildly abrasive to the touch. It is not excessively rough, but I would not recommend this to sensitive skins. Once massaged over the face, the cleanser is washed off with warm water. This again is slightly messy, as the dark product tends to splash everywhere. The cleanser is not overly difficult to wash off, but you need to pay attention to the hairline and around the jaw/neck - I always find I miss these areas and mess my towel up!
Once washed and dried, my face feels soft, clean and fresh. There is no tightness or soreness from the product and my skin looks mattified and smooth. I find this product helps with the production of oil throughout the day. My face looks less oily then it usually does and it also helps reduce the frequency of my breakouts.
All in all this is a great product for people with difficult/oily skin and I will certainly be re-purchasing this.
After seeing numerous screenings about this product on QVC, raving about how this is a 'miracle product' I thought I would test this out for myself. It's claimed that Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down the hair. I have shoulder length hair which has a tendency to get dry at the ends.
I purchased a super sized, 1 litre version off QVC for around £50. The 1 litre version comes in a large cylindrical bottle with a pump dispenser - which I found I was unable to lock. This is a pre-shampoo treatment, which is generously applied to damp hair. The guide time for treatment is between 10-20 minutes, but it can be used for longer or shorter depending on circumstances.
The product comes out easily through the pump, and I find 3 pumps is enough to cover my whole hair. The product itself is a thick white cream, it has a very mild,almost clinical smell -which I don't find unpleasant. The cream is smooth to touch and is not sticky or overly greasy like some masques. It feels expensive and I find it easy to distribute through the lengths of my hair. Once I have applied the treatment, I tie my hair up and leave it for around 30 minutes before my shower.
When washing this out, I have found it requires 2 rinses with shampoo to completely get rid of any residue of this product. With just one wash, the hair around and underneath my temples and ears can be very limp and greasy. With 2 washes there is no residue left on the hair.
Once washed and styled as usual, my hair does feel a little softer and shiner, but not dramatically different to before. Perhaps my expectations are higher after seeing so many shows on QVC about it! It doesn't make my hair get greasy quickly or leave any fragrance on my hair, which is a positive thing. However I just don't think the results justify the expense of this high- end treatment. I feel you can get similar results on the high street for a fraction of the cost.
I'm used to wearing double wear foundation, as I have poor skin and need a product to cover up my blemishes. I heard about this foundation from an online blogger, so I thought I would try it.
I picked this up for around 5 pounds in boots. There were numerous shades available from light to dark. After sampling a few on my skin I settled for Ivory.
The bottle is glass and feels quite expensive to hold. The product uses a pump dispenser and I find one pump provides just the right amount of foundation to cover the face.
The foundation itself is a nice consistency. Not too thick or runny - I usually pump some on the back of my hand and then apply it with a brush to my face. The product has a pleasant aroma, its not heavily fragranced or chalky smelling like some foundations.
Either with fingers or a brush, the foundation glides on to the face without dragging the skin. I don't have any difficulty blending this in and it doesn't leave any telling marks around my neck.
There is a dewy finish to this foundation, it is not matte. Now my skin is quite oily, so I need to use pressed powder over the top of the foundation to set it. Otherwise this foundation would just slide off and look very shiney - something to bear in mind if you have oily skin.
Longevity wise (with powder) it lasts a good 6 hours before needing a top up, which I don't think is bad for 5 quid product. It is easily removed with cleanser, and it doesn't block my pores or cause breakouts.
I think this is such a good buy, I will definitely be repurchasing!!
I can't live without blusher. It can add the life back into any sallow skin. Now I've tried liquid blush and powder blushes in the past, but I like my skin to look dewy and sometimes powder can be too matte on my skin. I had this blush applied by one of the ladies on the Bobbi Brown counter in John Lewis. She picked out Shade 11 Pale Pink for me to try, it looked so good I had to but it! There are 10 shades in total of this product, so there is a colour for everyone. The product retails at £19.00 direct from BB, but you may be able to purchase this cheaper elsewhere.
Pot Rouge comes in a small, round compact; which houses a mirror and the colour - perfect for use on the go. The colour can be applied with a brush or fingers direct to the cheeks. Think of the blush/rouge like a lipstick in a pot - it has a very similar texture. I find that a small dab of the fingers into the pot and onto the skin is all that is required to get enough colour. Once on the skin, the blush is easily blended and dispersed on the cheek area. The product gives a dewy sheen to the skin - nothing over the top, I feel it gives me a healthy glow compared to powder blushes. It looks like I have a natural, radiant blush to my cheeks. Pot Rouge is not sticky or tacky on the skin it feels lightweight and smooth to the touch.
I have oily skin and I still do not need to reapply this throughout the day, it is long wearing and looks natural. At the end of the day when I cleanse, it is easily removed; and thankfully it has not blocked my pores.
I occasionally use this on my lips if I am out and want a quick burst of colour, although I primarily use this as just a blush. When I use it on the lips it just feels like lip balm, it softens my lips without drying and feeling sticky. The product on the lips looks fairly subtle, just a hint of colour and is long wearing, but is not outstanding used as just a lip product alone.
The £19 price tag may deter you from buying this, but it really is worth purchasing as it will last. The high pigmentation of the product means a little goes a long way. When I eventually use this up, i will definitely be buying it again!
My skin is oily and blemished and I recently fancied trying out some new products. Herbalism is a fresh cleanser which according to Lush, contains nettles, rosemary and rice bran vinegar to cleanse the skin. Chamomile oil and rose absolute balancing skin tone, and rice bran and ground almonds exfoliate the skin. I thought this sounded like a good one to try out. It cost £6.75 for a 100g tub.
On first impressions, it looks like something you would find in a pond! It has a vivid green colour and smells very earthy. A small amount is removed from the pot and then you add water and rub on the face. When dry, the cleanser has a grainy, spongy texture which quickly becomes moist and easy to apply when water is added.
The cleaner is mildly abrasive thanks to the ground almonds and rice bran; this is not too gritty or rough on the skin. Throughout the whole cleansing process, my skin did not sting or feel irritated, even with angry spots. The product does tend to take a bit of washing off though, due to its grainy consistency - particularly around the hairline. Once washed off, my skin feels smooth and soft and is not tight or dry.
I have noticed that it does not really remove makeup from the face, so it is best to remove that first before using this - this also ensures that your skin can get maximum benefit from the natural ingredients.
I do feel that Herbalism helped to control the oil production on my face, as I was less oily on days that I used this. The only downside is that it needs to be used within a few months of purchase. I forgot about my tub and went to use the last bits of it and was confronted with a tub of white fluffy mould! :(
Overall, this is good natural exfoliating cleanser. I'm not 100% sure how effective it is at actually 'cleansing' the skin - as in removing dirt and grime. But the natural ingredients have a positive effect on oily/spotty skins. I will be repurchasing.
I purchased this product as my skin has been playing havoc recently, full of blemishes and spots. According to Lush, Mask of Magnaminty is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin. It is designed for skin that is mis-behaving. It also has evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate the skin as you remove it. There’s also mineral rich kaolin to nourish and antibacterial honey, helping to leave skin looking bright and refreshed.
This mask comes in 2 sizes 125ml at £5.50 and 315g at £9.75. The mask can be either preserving - lasting only a few weeks in the fridge, or self preserving; with a longer shelf life out of the fridge. I purchased the 315g, self- preserving formula.
The first thing that hit me was the fragrance of the mask. It smells wonderfully fresh and minty. Identical to mint/choc chip ice cream! The mask is green in appearance and has is slightly gritty to touch due to the aduki bean granules. The mask has a thick consistency, which makes it easy to scoop out of the pot and apply to the face. Roughly a desert-spoon amount of mask is needed to cover the whole face. Immediately on application, the menthol effect of the mint can be felt on the skin. It soothes and angry spots without stinging or burning and stays put without sliding off.
Lush recommend using this for around 5-10 minutes, but I sometimes keep it on for slightly longer as it smells so nice! When ready to remove, its best to add a little water then gently rub the skin to exfoliate. The aduki beans are not too harsh on my face as i wash it off. There is a fresh feeling on my face after I remove the mask, thanks to the peppermint, but my face is not tight or dry.
My skin looks refreshed and my spots are slightly calmer after using this. The product can also be used on the body if there are any issues with acne elsewhere. I would definitely recommend this mask to someone with issues with spots/acne. It hasn't stopped my spots, but it helps calm my skin and dry up any blemishes in times of trouble. The mask is reasonably priced and contains natural ingredients. I will, without a doubt; be buying this again!
I wear contact lenses from time to time and find my eyes can get dry. I have tried other brands of eye drops, but i was looking for a product that I could keep for longer than 30 days or a few weeks after opening. Optrex Actimist spray can be used up to 3 months after opening - perfect for occasional use.
According to the manufacturers Optrex Actimist Spray has been specially formulated for an instant relief of tired eye symptoms and a refreshing boost so that your eyes feel more comfortable. The mist contains soothing liposome particles which work in two ways: Repair and replenish the eyes' natural moisture barrier, relieving tired eye symptoms. Also improving hydration of the eyelids and skin around the eyes.
The product retails at £15.99 for 10ml in Boots, this averages 100 doses. The product is contained in a glass bottle, with a sturdy spray nossle. The liquid is sprayed on closed eyes- it can be quite hard to judge where your eye line is at first, but it helps to level up your arm and eye before closing it! The spray is easily and accurately sprayed onto eyelids, i don't find make to much of a mess over my face with this. I use this with and without lenses, and sometimes over the top of mascara and subtle eye makeup. It doesn't cause it to run or smudge.
I find this is a refreshing product to help perk up dry, tired eyes after a long day. My eyes look and feel brighter for several hours after using this. Although i do think that if you suffer from very dry eyes, this may not be substantial enough to overcome this problem, as it is not overly moisturising. I have not experience any discomfort from this spray.
Overall, this is a good product for those who do not like applying drops into their eyes, or those who suffer from moderately dry eyes. I also like the fact that it can be stored for up to 3 months once opened, limiting wastage.
I received a 30ml tube of Liz Earle's Deep Cleansing Mask in a gift set from QVC. The mask is aimed at oily/combination skin, and contains naturally active ingredients include green clay, manuka honey, propolis and rose-scented geranium. This mask is designed to draw out impurities to leave skin balanced and calm. It retails at £14.50 for a 75ml tube and 2 cleansing sponges to remove the product.
The mask is a deep green colour and has quite a thick consistency, it is not as watery as some of the clay masks I have used in the past. The natural ingredients can be identified immediately. It has a pungent herbal scent; which is not unpleasant, but it is definitely natural and not synthetic.
The mask applies easily to the face, it glides over the skin without any trouble. I apply a generous amount to my T-Zone and chin and leave this on for around 10 minutes. In this time the mask dries without any tightness, stinging or irritation. I then wet one of the sponges and wipe off the mask which takes seconds and is easy to remove. After removing the mask, my skin looks matte without being dry or tight, and my skin feels soothed and fairly soft thanks to the botanical ingredients. My blemishes and any redness looks a little reduced, also.
Overall, this is a good quality clay mask which helps absorb oil and soothe skin. My skin also looks better following its use, I produce less oil and my blemishes look reduced. It is quite expensive, but I would consider buying this to use a weekly treat.
I purchased this facial exfoliator in a Liz Earle gift set from QVC. This product, like with all Liz Earle products, contains naturally active ingredients including jojoba beads to gently exfoliate, cocoa butter and eucalyptus to purify the skin. The product helps slough away dead skin cells to reveal brighter skin. It is available direct from Liz Earle with an RRP of £14 for 70ml.
The exfoliator is contained with a bottle with a pump dispenser. One pump is enough for a full face application. Immediately, the Eucalyptus can be detected from the product, is a strong natural fragrance, much more defined compared to Cleanse and Polish. The product is very thick and creamy in consistency, but is easily distributed over the face. The jojoba beads can be felt in the cream, which feels quite gritty to the touch but is not abrasive or rough. I massage the cream over my face which is a pleasurable and uplifting experience, due to the fragrance. My face feels as though is being adequately exfoliated throughout the process- not too much or little.
After about 30 seconds I wash the exfoliator off with water, this is a painless experience. The cream and jojoba beads wash away with a few splashes of water, leaving no residue on my face. The eucalyptus leaves my face feeling refreshed, but not overtly affected by the menthol fragrance. My skin feels soft, smooth and looks brighter, and i have noticed my skin looks clearer when using this. The exfoliator is not drying and I have not experienced any irritations after using this
Overall, this is a good quality facial exfoliator, which is effective without being too abrasive on the skin. The use of eucalyptus oil adds a refreshing and purifying edge to the product, which makes it a pleasure to use. I think £14 is quite expensive for a facial scrub however, so I do not think I will be buying this separately at its RRP.
I received a 15ml tube of this brightening treatment in a gift set from Liz Earle. The mask is designed for dull and lack-lustre skin, it contains naturally active ingredients including aloe vera, witch hazel and white clay. 50ml of this product has an RRP of £14.00.
The mask is white in colour and has a thick creamy consistency. The medicinal fragrance of Camphor Oil can be immediately detected. The mask smells fresh and uplifting with its menthol fragrance. The cream is easy to apply to skin, it simply glides of the fingers on to the face. I tend to apply this to my T-zone and cheeks, where I would to see some brightness; but it can applied anywhere other than the eyes. Within a few seconds of applying, my skin starts to tingle. This is not uncomfortable or too intense, but it just reassures me it is working! This mask is not recommended for sensitive skin.
The mask does not dry whilst it is on the skin, it is wiped off with a Muslin cloth after 2 minutes. It is easy to remove the mask, it wipes off with little effort. Once removed, my skin feels clean and soft and it looks visibly brighter. My skin does not feel tight or dry and have not experienced any irritation following its use. The brightening results from the mask last for around a few hours and then they wear off. I think this is a mask to use before an event, or in the morning to give the skin a boost.
Overall, this is a nice moisturising and brightening face mask, which is great for perking up the skin before an occasion. To maintain results, it needs to be used on a regular basis, but I am pleased with the effects. I think I would consider buying this in the future for a treat to my face.
I received a 30ml sample of this product free in an Estee Lauder gift set recently. Take it Away is a makeup remover which is applied to dry skin to dissolve make up and mascara. It retails at £21 for 200ml.
The product is a white cream with a light texture which is easily applied and rubbed over the face. The fragrance is a little too synthetic and chemical like for my taste, but it not unpleasant. When rubbed over the face the cream becomes colourless and you can visibly see it dissolving and lifting some of the makeup. When ready to remove, water is applied to the face, and a milky residue is washed away.
Once I have washed with water, I find that some makeup and mascara has been lifted, but I can still see streaks of makeup over my face and my skin feels greasy and oily to the touch. This makes me feel quite unclean and that I immediately need to cleanse. This is even when I have used a light covering of foundation.
I then use my regular cleanser to take the remaining makeup and oil off my face. Once thoroughly cleansed, my skin does feel clean and soft. Estee Lauder do recommend cleansing and toning after using this, but to me this product is just an extra effort. I would rather do a double cleanse. I have used this several times and each time my skin has felt oily and unclean. I think this product is more suited to those who wear a full face of makeup, or theatrical makeup, as it does lift off some makeup, making cleansing slightly quicker. For those who only wear a light covering of makeup, I don't think this product is necessary as regular cleanser should remove that any way.
Overall, this is a nice product to use on the odd occasion I am plastered in makeup, but otherwise it is an unnecessary extra step in my routine. I will not buy this in the future.
I received a small bottle of this cheek and lip tint in a magazine around a year ago. Cha Cha Tint is a mango tinted sheer stain, it is available from Benefit stockists for £24.50 for 12.5ml.
The tint comes in a bottle resembling nail varnish, with a small brush applicator. The tint is bright orange in colour, and to be honest, it did shock me at first how bright it was. The product is fairly thick in consistency, so does not run off the applicator; I find 2 swipes of the bush on my face is enough of an application for one cheek. The tint is east to blend on the skin, but you have to be quick, I found that if I leave the tint too long before I blend, I get an orange blotch.
Thankfully once blended, the neon colouring tones down. My skin is pale, and there is an orangey, sunkissed tint to the skin, but it is more subtle than I anticipated. I think more than 2 swipes of the brush would be overdoing it and the result may be very orange.
The results last for hours, I apply this in the morning and there is still a tint on my skin at the end of the day - not as strong, but there is still colour. The colour is easily removed with cleanser, and I have not experienced any adverse reaction to the product.
Even with pale skin, this does achieve a nice warm glow to the skin, but i think the best results would be found on darker skin tones. I would recommend trying this before you but, as the orange colouring will not be for everyone. I like this product and will continue to use it, but i do not think i will buy it as i prefer pinky tones on my skin.
I received this oil cleanser in a beauty box around a year ago. DHC is a popular Japanese company specialising in premium skin care products using olive oil. Their skincare range is free from parabens and unnecessary fragrances and colourings, and is clinically tested for irritants. This product is a water-soluble Deep Cleansing Oil containing vitamin E and olive oil which help fight free radicals. The cleansing oil is available in 3 sizes, with the price ranging from £4.50 - £21.50. It can be purchased direct from DHC's website.
The oil looks like, and has the consistency of olive oil. It is not sticky, it just has a delicate eucalyptus fragrance. The oil is to be applied to dry skin, and I find half a teaspoon is enough oil for a full facial application. The oil is easily distributed over the face and it can visibly be seen to break down make up and grime. When ready to wash off, water is applied to the face and the oil turns into a pale water when rinsed. For simple make-up, I use this once; for heavy make-up I like to do a double cleanse to ensure everything is washed off.
After washing my face feels clean without any oily residue, the cleanser is not drying or stripping on the skin. My face feels soft and moisturised. I have used this on numerous occasions and have not found the oil to clog my pores or cause a break out. I only have a 30ml bottle, but I am amazed at how much oil I have remaining in the bottle. A weeks' worth of use is barely noticeable in the bottle.
Overall, I think this is a great product which dissolves make-up and grime effectively, leaving skin clean and fresh. It is a little pricey, but a little does go a long way. I would recommend this product and I would purchase this in the future.
I was lucky enough to receive a coupon to collect a free 100ml bottle of this product from Marie Claire. This product is from the Lavende, lavender range of L'Occitane products, it is formulated with a vegetal cleansing base, which aims to leave the skin clean and supple. It contains lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence.
The bottle looks expensive, with its silver colouring and screw top cap. The product is to be poured into running bath water, this is fairly easy to do thanks to consistency of the liquid - it is not too runny or viscous. The product is colourless and has strong natural lavender fragrance, it smells quite uplifting and is not musty lavender odour like I've smelt in the past.
I poured around ¼ of the bottle in my bath and waited for it to fill. A delicate fragrance filled the room, which was relaxing, but I waited for the bubbles to form. As this is named a 'foaming bath' I was expecting lot of bubbles, but unfortunately there were fewer bubbles than a regular bubble bath. This may have been due to water pressure, but I was expecting more foam than I got. Nevertheless I had a relaxing bath thanks to the lavender fragrance and my skin felt cleansed.
After bathing, my skin did not feel dry or irritated and I could lightly smell lavender on my skin. I think this bath foam is suitable for both sexes as it not an overtly floral scent. I did sleep well the night I used this, but this could be a coincidence!
Overall this is a lovely delicate bathing product helping you to relax and unwind. It doesn't offer massive amount of foam, but it softens the water and cleanses this skin gently. I like this and I am pleased I received a small bottle, but as it is priced at £19 for 500ml I do not think I will be purchasing it.
After catching the Yankee bug, I went along to a stockist looking for a candle with a wintery fragrance. I found this candle on a winter candle display in my local store and from one sniff I knew I had to have it. I purchased a small jar of Sugared Apple, for around £7.
The image, in my opinion depicts a wintery scene of sugared apples on winter greenery - simple and understated. Lifting the lid on the jar presents me with a warm and caramelised aroma, apple does not spring time mind on first sniff. It is a very sweet fragrance and I seem to think of a musky male aftershave when I smell this candle.
The candle burns well once lit, and I find that in under 30 minutes the fragrance fills the room. Once burning, an undertone of an apple fragrance is slightly more noticeable, but still not obvious. The main fragrance appears to be a musky spiced vanilla. This is not an overpowering fragranced candle, it is quite a subtle scent which fills the room nicely. I really like this fragrance, despite not really smelling like a sugared apple!
This candle is sold around the Christmas period as a winter scent, but I would not necessarily say this candle is exclusively a winter candle. I am happy to use this all year round due to warm musky scent.
This is a lovely understated candle, I recommend giving it a sniff as it could be easily overlooked.