24 Jul 2014

MONU Brightening Boost Serum

MONU Skincare

MONU Skincare

This MONU Brightening Boost Serum* has been a staple in my summer skincare routine, I have been road testing it for about 3 months now and my skin loves it. It is a lightweight serum designed for more Mature Skin or those that have Sun Damage but I think it can be used by people of all ages and It’s an ideal product for people with dull complexion as it leaves your skin instantly smooth and looking radiant.

I find it to be very hydrating and lightweight, I massage two pumps worth into my face and neck and that is quickly absorbed leaving my skin looking smooth, bright and feeling soft. I have been using it on the backs of my hands too as I do have a couple of age spots appearing & it seems to be helping them look lighter. I will keep applying it until I’ve ran out & let you know if there are significant changes to them.

MONU Brightening Serum

So this serum promises to,

Thats a lot of promises but I will say that you see almost instantly a brightening and smoothing of the skin which helps your complexion look radiant and healthy. I don’t have hyper pigmentation so can’t comment on that but my skin tone is looking even and a few dark spots around my eyes are looking less visible. I’m not too sure I have a huge amount of visible sun damage but I guess it can do no harm in keeping the effects of sun damage at bay.

This serum contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone. Also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Which is something I really need help with, I have quite a few wrinkles around my eyes & a few appearing on my forehead, so anything I can do to keep them as small and not notable. The packaging is also sleek and in a frosted bottle, it looks and feels expensive. It takes up no room as all in my skincare box & is a great size if you travel often, the bottle is so slim and has a very handy pump.

MONU Vitamin C Skin Brightening Serum

MONU Brightening Serum

I like the hydrating feel to this serum and how easily it absorbs into the skin. Its gives me radiant healthy looking complexion but its always hard to say definitively if a product is helping you look younger & diminish signs of sun damage. I’m naturally freckly and have quite fair skin so this serum can be doing no harm in helping fight the signs of ageing & sun damage. As I’ve said  in many posts I’m very much in to SPF and wearing it all year round but there are times when we are exposed to the sun & this serum seems like an effective way of giving your skin a boost to keep some of the first signs of ageing at bay and help you improve skin tone.

Its been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine & if asked I would recommend it to people that are concerned with dull skin & that want to give their skin a boost of Vitamin C to give them radiance and even out their skin tone. I also think this wears well under my makeup and helps my skin look radiant all day long. I think my mum would really like this serum.

Let me know what skincare products you are using to help give your skin radiance & let me know if you have tried anything from MONU and have any other recomendations of product that I should try from them.

MONU Brightening Boost Serum £22.50 

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

12 May 2014

Free Manuka Doctor Mini Hero Kit

Manuka Doctor is a brand that you can get in Superdrug  and recently won Best New Brand at the CEW(UK) beauty awards. I wanted to give you all a heads up as you can get a FREE Mini Hero Kit* from their website. This kit is normally £12.99 but all you need to do is pay the postage of £2.50 & its yours.

3 Skincare Samples from Manuka Dotor

Free Sample of Manuka Doctor Skincare

This kit is a great way to try this brand if you’re curious about their products, without having to splash out on the full size items & lets you give them a trial run. It would also be a handy kit to take away on your holiday, for a little pamper session.  This Mini Hero Kit contains three sample sizes of:-

Api Nourish Rejuvinating Face Mask 7ml – Natural Way to combat wrinkles & a great way to promote skins elasticity.

Api Clear Skin Treatment Serum 5ml – A great serum for significantly improving blemish prone skin

Api Refine Targeted Wrinkle Filler 3ml – Clinically proven to reduce wrinkles in just 30 minutes.

Manuka Doctor Skincare

You get 3 decent sized samples to try out. I am excited to try the Wrinkle Filler, as my fine lines are looking deeper by the day. You also get a voucher for 25% off your next Manuka Doctor order. So thats a nice bonus. I always love trying new brands & its even better if they offer sample sizes so you can makeup your mind whether or not to buy the full size.

Let me know if you treat yourself to this Hero Kit. Im off for a pamper session to test them all out.

Grab your Free Mini Hero Kit here. You just need to pay the P&P

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

3 May 2014

April 2014 Empties

April 2014 Empties

Mac Fix+ : I bought this from the airport a couple of years ago & went through stages of using it all the time and then i’d forget about it. Not really sure it fixed anything in place, I used it more of a facial spritz, to freshen up my makeup through the day. I didn’t miss it when I wasn’t using it so I wouldn’t say it really has a place in my routine and for the price there are nicer & better facial mists. Have you tried this? If so how did you use it & did you like it?

NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel* : This was very rose scented so if thats not your favourite scent then you won’t like this too much. It was a gel cleanser with exfoliating beads in. It was gentle enough to use it a few times a week. I found it hydrating and used to leave it on my skin for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Just be gentle not to press/rub to hard when rinsing it off. I will be purchasing a new one of these.

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum : It is no secret that I LOVE (love love love) Aesop skincare and in particular the Parsley Seed collection. I bought this eye serum early last year and the very nice sales assistant in the Liberty Beauty Hall said it was good if you spend a lot of time on the computer or in a dry office environment (I work from home & am on the computer many hours a day). I used to have this sat on my desk and I’d pat it under my eyes when I felt I needed a hydration boost and it was nice and soothing. Now in terms of benefits, hand on heart I can’t say I noticed many. Yes my under eye area was hydrated and felt nice but I think being a little older I need something more from a serum. I need more targeted benefits so sadly I liked this but won’t repurchase it. For the price I would rather have something else from the Aesop range. This might be more suited to younger skin. Let me know if you have tried this & how you worked it in to your skincare routine.

Bath & Body Works Sugared Vanilla Wish : The scent of this is just too damn good. I went through this bottle far to quickly and now I am sad I didn’t savour every drop. If you like the scent of Vanilla then this is even better as it is so much sweeter and reminds me of freshly baked cupcakes. When I have the chance I will be stocking up on these like a crazy lady. If you have tried any of the B&BW hand sanitisers let me know what scent you recommend.

April Product Empties

Urban Decay Primer Potion : This was a sample with purchase and I hate the packaging of this. There is a ton of product still in there & I can’t get at it with the applicator. Such a pain. I wasn’t a huge fan of this as I have been using an elf one for years and that does a really good job. So I will stick to that one, better value & better packaging too.

Murad Advanced Active Serum : This was in my bargain Murad Kit that I found in TK Maxx, wishing I’d bought all of them now. This Advanced Active Range is so brightening, I noticed such a difference in how healthy my skin looked & when I missed a few days I could tell. My skin felt dull and not as plump. I’m just deciding if I can stretch to the £99.50 price tag.

The Body Shop Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On : You know when you start using a product & within a few weeks it is empty & you wonder why you spent your hard earned money on it, well thats exactly how I felt with this eye roll on. I can’t tell you if it was Firming as I only used it for a little over 2 weeks, yes I guess it was refreshing but so is spraying water on your face and thats free. So no I won’t be repurchasing this again. The Dr.Organic Dead Sea Mineral Rescue Ball is 100% better.

So thats it for April, not too many products this month but a few that I am sad are empty and in a dilemma whether to repurchase. Let me know if you have tried anything from my line up & if you’d recommend alternatives or if any of them are holy grail products for you.

Now on to May, lets do this & please be a more relaxed month than April x

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

10 Apr 2014

Avene Skincare

Avene

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum

I like using a serum and enjoy this step in my skincare routine, I use one morning and night after cleansing but before moisturising, I think being in my mid thirties it is a step my skin really benefits from. I’ve used quite a few over the years and have a few favourites I call upon when needed. This Avene one came at the right time for me as I was told about 6 weeks ago that my skin was quite dehydrated, so I have been using products this past month or so to try and hydrate my skin. It has worked a treat. I was excited to try this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum* as I have heard lots of positive reviews of this brand and also of French Skincare in general.

Avene use their Thermal Spring Water in each product which is clinically proven to be naturally soothing and have a calming effect on the skin so with this added benefit this serum is perfect for sensitive skin as it is gentle, calming and protects the skin. I used it in the morning before applying the rest of my skincare, The serum is very lightweight and it felt cooling on my skin. I would apply it before my moisturiser and let is absorb in to the skin for a good few minutes, then apply the rest of my lotions & potions.

‘The thermal water is carried by lipsomes in a patented system to ensure an optimum long lasting diffusion of moisture  in the upper layer of the skin. The glycerine improves the skin hydration, suppleness and comfort. Thanks to the delicate formula of the Soothing Hydrating Serum the skin is silky smooth and rebalanced.’

I found after a few weeks my skin looked brighter, smoother and generally healthier. I do suffer from quite noticeable redness, from some broken capillaries so this wouldn’t stop that but I will say that it helped calm redness around a few angry blemishes I had and helped my skin heal a little quicker after the blemish had gone.

Avene Serum

I like to layer up my skincare but I don’t like to feel that I have applied anything to heavy or greasy, and this Avene Serum slotted into my routine well, as I said its lightweight, almost gel like in texture and non greasy so once absorbed it left my skin feeling instantly smooth and ready for my moisturiser. I have dehydrated skin but suffer from a terribly oily t zone and this serum worked well for me. I had no problems with excess oil and it really helped give my skin a boost of hydration and helped make it look plump and less dull.

This serum comes in a nice glass bottle with a good sturdy pump dispenser, this is so handy and hygienic. It dispenses just the right amount of product in two pumps for my face and neck. Only using 2 small pumps a day this bottle will last a fair amount of time. Which is always great, I hate it when skincare lasts all of a month. It never feels like good value for money.

If you’re looking for a serum to hydrate, calm and protect your skin then this Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum would be a good fit for you. Have you tried any French Skincare? Let me know what your must haves are.

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum 30ml £17.00 available from www.escentual.com 

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

18 Mar 2014

My Current Serums

Favourite Serums

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum – This came is a sample set from TK Maxx and it’s a serum designed to protect your skin against environmental aggressors which can lead to premature ageing. This is also very good at giving you a glowing complexion so I like to use this in the morning as it’s lightweight and sinks in leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is also meant to make your skin feel firmer but I wouldn’t say I noticed an improvement with that. I do also like that this protects against UV damage and I have seen a reduction in two dark age spots on my cheek since using this.

U Little Beauty Vitamin C Serum* I have really liked using this over the winter, this serum is very soothing and extremely hydrating. The camomile, aloe vera and liquorice help calm and sooth the skin whilst the high content of Vitamin C from the Kakadu Plum help hydrate and combat signs of ageing. Its nice and lightweight and sinks into your skin  quickly, its the perfect serum if you have dehydrated skin. All U Little Beauty products are Vegan & Cruelty Free.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – This is a serum I couldn’t live without. It makes my skin look well rested, bright and my skin tone looks healthy and plump. If I’m staying out overnight I don’t travel without this. It is well worth the money & this has lasted me since October and I still have 1/3 left.

Current Favourite Serums

Aesop Parsley Seed  Anti Oxidant Serum – I am almost at the end of this serum and I have enjoyed using this so much. It is another serum that is aimed at helping protect the skin against free radicals. This is a little more tacky than any of the other serums but that only lasts a minute or two before it sinks in and leaves my skin feeling nourished and smooth. This serum is very hydrating and bursting with antioxidants, some people are able to use this not only as a serum but as their moisturiser too as it is quite thick and provides a lot of moisture. I find this serum really balances my skin and helps keep my excess oils at bay. The packaging of the Aesop products is always so nice too. I am a big fan of their skincare. This is my second bottle of this and I know when this runs out I will be repurchasing a third.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum* I am all about products that help promote a healthy glow and keep my skin hydrated, looking smooth and at its best and this Jurlique Serum is all of those things. This has a slight floral scent to it and the serum is light and easily absorbed. Out of all the serums I have this is the best at making my skin look radiant and it feels very gentle and soothing. If My skin feels a little tight or slightly red/angry this is the serum I reach for.

There seems to be a common theme with the five serums not only are three of them from Australian brands but I like to use those offer a  defence against environmental aggressors, restore skins radiance and boost hydration. I am on a quest for bright, healthy looking skin.

Have you tried any of the serums I’ve been enjoying, or if you have any recommendations for ones you use let me know.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

4 Mar 2013

Three Products I’m Loving

I use the same skincare and makeup products day-to-day. I seem to be in a bit of a routine with both. I thought I’d show you 3 products that I’ve been really enjoying using at the moment.

B. Pure Micellar Water

B. Pure Micellar Water – this is quite a new brand which is being sold in Superdrug they have a great range of skincare and makeup. I only picked this up to see how I got on & I’ve been using it for about a month now. I have tried various Micellar Waters over the past year and out of the ones I’ve tried this one from B. Pure is my favourite.

It is sold as a cleanser, but I have to say that I use this to remove most of my makeup, however I do use a cream cleanser and face cloth to remove the rest. This is a really refreshing cleanser it smells nice too, it smells fresh but I wouldn’t be happy just using this without washing my face too. I am happy I picked this up and will be repurchasing it when it runs out. You can buy it in Superdrug for £4.99

Tommy Guns Serum

Tommy Guns Weather Protect Dew Drops Serum * There is nothing I like more than to have glossy healthy looking hair, as I get older my hair seems to be more frizzy than glossy. I’m always on the hunt for great haircare products that keep my hair healthy and in good condition. This serum which I received in a goodie bag last year has been a god send during what I would say has been the coldest winter EVER!

A couple drops of this Tommy Guns Serum works magic, you run it through wet hair, I mostly put it through the length of my hair as if I put too much product on my roots my hair gets really weighed down and goes greasy quickly. This serum gives your hair such a fantastic glossy finish and leaves it so soft to the touch. I’ve also tried it on dry hair to manage frizz and to add a little shine (only a tiny amount) and that works great too. This 50ml bottle is going to last me years! You can buy this serum online for £6.50 for 50ml

Nivea Express Hydration Primer

Nivea Express Hydration Primer - The beauty world seems to have gone primer mad this past year and I was pleased to see a high street brand release a really good one. With this being a great price I use it everyday under my base and find it to be lightweight and hydrating. It works well to make my foundation last all day. It not only lasts it helps keep my skin hydrated. Not a huge amount to say about this other than I like it and its a great budget primer.

Nivea have released two of these, the one I have is for Dry & Sensitive Skin and the other is for Normal / Combination Skin. £4.99 for Superdrug

What have you been loving so far this year?

* I was kindly given the Tommy Guns Serum to try. But the review is 100% my own.

14 Aug 2012

Lovely New Things

Before I went to Amsterdam I’d made a few purchases that I forgot to blog about. So better late than never right. These are the what I bought.

Where I lived before in Dundee they had the worst selection of MUA products on the planet. Its used to drive me mental. I so wanted to see the full collection and instead had to put up with a few things from their £1 range. This did not go down well with me. So you can imagine my delight upon moving to Manchester & discovering the most well stocked MUA stand I’ve ever seen. I was in product heaven & may of even let out a little squeal of delight when I saw it. So excited when I saw this…….

Ok so after I calmed down I picked up two MUA palettes the Undressed palette and the Heaven and Earth palette for £4 each. Both are amazing. I’m sure most of you own them by now. I’m very late to that party. From MUA I also picked up their Eye Primer which I’ve heard lots of good things about which is £2.50.

BarryM had a deal on their nail polish in Superdrug where it was 2 for £5 i picked up the shades Block Orange 301 and Pink Iridescent 264. I had to pick up the orange shade as it was jut such a POP of colour. The pink iridescent is beautiful too and looks great as a glittery top coat. You can’t really go wrong with a BarryM polish.

I also picked up a Accessorize baked eyeshadow in Golden Brown it’s a lovely copper toned colour with a little golden shimmer. It’s quite pretty. I love baked eyeshadow and blushe. I can’t get enough of them.

Then ast but not least was the DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and i put the blame for this purchase upon Estee of Essie Button as i watched her YouTube video and she said how AMAzing it was and how long her lashes looked after using this & I though how good can this be. So I bought it in Selfridges for £23 and OMG its bloody amazing. It makes your lashes look super long and defined. I will be doing a whole blog on this little miracle worker so watch this space.

So that was my pre holiday haul – like I needed to be spending any money prior to going to Amsterdam! But I’m really pleased with all my purchases. Have you tried any of these things?

 

10 Aug 2012

Travel Skincare

This is the skincare I’m taking with me to Amsterdam. We are going for 5 days for our 13 year anniversary. We have been before and absolutely love the city. It’s so beautiful and we love walking up and down the canals esp at night. It’s so romantic. So I thought I’d let you have a quick peek as to what skincare bits and bobs im taking. I am a nightmare at packing esp when it comes to packing products. I can never decide what to take and end up taking far too many things. I am sure most of you are the same. This time I knew i had a fair few sample sizes from various beauty boxes and magazine freebies so they came in very handy.

I have tried to be as good as possible and pack as little as i think i can get away with. I think all these are miniatures or sample sizes, so that’s great. I’m taking a few things that I’ve not tried yet so that will be exciting. Is it me or do products look way cuter in miniature.

I will quickly run through what I’m taking -

1. Superdrug own branded calming face mask

2. Small pack of Simple face wipes

3. Murad exfoliating cleanser

4. Balance Me face cream

5. Clarins body lotion

6. No7 Perfect & Perfect serum

7. REN Active 7 eye gel

8. L’Occitane Angelica Hydration face cream

9. YSL serum (also using this as a primer)

10.Elizabeth Arden face cream

11. Simple eye makeup remover

12. NEOM Moroccan Blush Rose hand lotion

I’ll be taking my Origins face wash thats not pictured here & possibly taking out the Elizabeth Arden cream – how many face creams do I need right?! I think thats all I’m taking but I can’t promise I wont buckle at the last minute and pack a few more things.

Have you tried any of these products. What skincare do you take away with you? Oh another thing i have in my handbag is an Avene thermal spray which is lovely to have on the plane & I spray my hubby’s face too much to his disgust.

 I took this last year in Amsterdam. Fingers crossed we get sunny weather

3 Aug 2012

July Favourites

I’ve not had a minute to do this post over the past week, I thought I’d best post it now otherwise it would soon be time to do my August faves. That’s how fast this year is going. I’ve been keeping my favourite products in a little basket so I could find them. I seem to have a habit of misplacing things at the moment.

These are my July favourites,

1. Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser spf 20 in the shade nude – this is a really lovely lightweight tinted moisturiser. It feels so nice on the skin, it’s quite a sheer coverage but thats perfect for days when you’re not wanting to apply a full face of makeup. It really has some staying power too. It applies smoothly on the face and gives you such a fresh-faced look and I love it.

2. Burt’s Bees’ Milk and Honey body lotion – I received this in a Glossybox and have been using it on my legs as they are so dry. This lotion smells amazingly. It’s really moisturising and the good thing is it’s not too heavy and doesn’t leave the skin feeling tacky. I will be purchasing the full size when this tube runs out

3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser spf15 – This is a really hydrating moisturiser and I’ve had it for about 5 months and used it almost everyday. Its lasted ages. My skin just drinks this up and it leaves it feeling so soft.

4. Aesop Parsley Seed Serum – I use this at night EVERY night and I would say its my favourite product of the whole year. I couldn’t imagine my skincare routine without this in it. It’s amazing and I’m excited to try more from the range.

5. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip stain in Cherish – all i need to say on these is I LOVE THEM. They’re so smooth on the lips and they last for ages.

6. bareMinerals Buxom Lips in Bambi – this lip gloss is so nice its quite long-lasting and the colours is lovely for summer I always have it in my handbag

7. Mac Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch – love wearing this colour all over the lid for a simple eye look. It’s just a pretty colour.

8. MUA trio in Innocence – a great trio and perfect for a smokey eye. These shadows are such  great quality.

9. Kleenex Shine Sheets – having an oily t zone these are a god send. I will do a proper review on these but i don;t leave home without them now.

10. Avon Supershock eyeliner in golden fawn – this is great for a subtle brown with a hint of shimmer. It just glides on effortlessly.

11. Avon Glimmerstick in black ice – another really great eyeliner just easy to wear and long-lasting. These are really good to smoke out and blend.

What are your favourite products from July?

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