Product Empties May 2018

Beauty and Skincare Product Empties May 2018

Beauty and Skincare Product Empties May 2018

Even Better Clinical Clinique Dark Spot Corrector

I only used this on the areas where I have the most visible uneven skin. I have a couple of sunspots and dark patches from old blemishes so thought it was best to use this more as a target treatment on those specific areas. I wasn’t blown away with the results, I know there is only so much a serum can do but I would say this worked better on my blemish marks than on my sun spots. Maybe if I’d used this in addition to other treatments I might have seen more improvements. I did like the serum and it was great at hydrating and giving my skin a radiance but I wouldn’t rely on this to fade dark spots. Let me know if you have had success with this product, I’d love to know.

Origins Three Part Harmony Nourishing Cream

I’m so sad that I’ve used the last of this Three Point Harmony Cream (the three-point refers to Renewal, Repair and Radiance)  although it felt like it lasted me for the longest time. It has quite a thick consistency which meant I only had to use a small amount each time. I made a few notes whilst using this cream because I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget just how instantly hydrating and smooth my skin felt, it was amazing. My skin felt so nourished and velvety smooth each time I applied it, I preferred to use it as part of my morning skincare routine because my makeup would apply so evenly and effortlessly on top. It leaves the skin feeling supple and instantly radiant. Post application you do notice an instant smoothness and the scent is beautifully sweet & up-lifting. It is jam packed with skin loving ingredients which help fight the signs of ageing whilst boosting radiance and evening out skin-tone. I loved using this and highly recommend if you’re 30+ and looking for a heavy but nourishing moisturiser

‘This intensely rich cream with Tazetta Lily Bulbs, White Myrtle and Japanese Knot Weed helps produce youthful supplies of natural collagen to help visibly repair skin’s structure. Fine lines and wrinkles are softened. With deeply nourishing plant butters plus Vitamin E, this luscious cream renews skin’s hydration levels. With Scutellaria, it helps reveal radiance, refine tone and brighten skin to impart a healthy, vibrant glow.’

The Ordinary Skincare Review

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% EGCG

Oh hell yes – I loved this product. LOVED LOVED LOVED. I reluctantly introduced it into my routine after having it for so long. I don’t know what took me so long to try it, maybe I just didn’t know where it would fit into my routine but I’m so glad I took a chance on it.

You apply it to around your orbital bone (around your eye area) and it helps reduce puffiness, reduce dark circles and it has actually reduced a patch of pigmentation I had to the edge of my eye.

  • Caffeine – Constricts blood vessels to reduce discolouration and swelling.
  • EGCG – Sourced from green tea, EGCG has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and is also proven to reactivate dying skin cells.

It is without a doubt one of my favourite products from The Ordinary, this solution has visibly reduced uneven skin-tone and my eyes have never looked as healthy. It is like liquid sleep. I can’t sing it’s praises enough but if you did need any more convincing to try it yourself the price tag might just sway you – this 30ml is only £5.80! Now all I ask is that you don’t buy it in bulk, leave me a bottle or two.

Duck & Dry Instant TLC Leave in Conditioner

I don’t use many hair products, I am very much low maintenance when it comes to styling my hair but this Duck & Dry Leave in Conditioner was pretty damn good. It smells like a super fancy spa and it left my hair glossy, detangled and looking very healthy indeed. A little goes a long way & you can easily apply too much & risk your hair being greasy but apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed using this

Honey, Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil join forces to ensure maximum moisture levels and help prevent breakage, while Vitamin B works to repair the look of split ends and promote enhanced elasticity.

bodycare empties

BalanceMe Super Moisturising Body Oil

I have become that person who smothers their entire body in oil (makes me feel very fancy indeed). I want my skin to remain supple, silky smooth and nourished from tip to toe for as long as possible, especially as I am 40 this year. I used to think body lotion was all I needed but I discovered just how amazing body oil left my skin feeling. This balanceme one isn’t too runny and my skin just soaks this stuff up. I like to use it after shaving my legs as it keeps them smooth and locks in moisture.

So this beautiful 100% natural, nut-free oil features a bespoke, revitalising blend of Neroli, Starflower and Rosehip oils and is designed to firm, nourish and deeply hydrate. It smells luxurious and I am now 100% converted to using body oil on a daily basis. I find it more convenient to use in the evening as I have more time & I’m not trying to get dressed whilst the oil is settling in. Let me know what your favourite body oils are.

Jurlique Rose Body Care Lotion

I always use body lotions in the morning after my shower and this Jurlique one comes in a handy pump bottle which makes applying it so much less faff. This has such a beautiful subtle rose scent that lingers on the skin which is really nice. The lotion is lightweight and easy to massage into the skin, it’s quickly absorbed which makes it a great morning body lotion so you can get dressed straight away. This bottle lasted me ages and I used it religiously every morning for a couple of months.

Its caring blend of Avocado and Macadamia Oils soften and rejuvenate without greasy residue.

Aldi Lacura Caviar Face Wipes

Lacura Caviar Facial Cleansing Wipes 

These are very affordable and I love the Caviar range from Aldi, I have tried quite a few products over the years and never been disappointed. These face wipes are handy to have & great to pack in your travel makeup bag. They’re nicely moist and remove makeup without tugging at the skin. Great if you’re in a pinch for time & need to remove makeup in a rush.

Deciem Skincare Favourites

NIOD Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate

This isn’t unlike The Ordinary Caffeine Solution but it is more specifically targeted for reducing hyper-pigmentation around the delicate eye area, targeting dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. It is like liquid sleep & the results are quite remarkable. I will be repurchasing this ASAP because I have missed having it in my routine.

‘It combines 28 clinical technologies to target many signs of under-eye and above-eye ageing in one treatment—borrowing from advanced biotechnology, polyphenol technology, next-generation cyclic peptide technologies, marine science and modern drone delivery mechanics. This single treatment is able to target visible ageing (both upper eyelids and lower eyelids) including the looks of dynamic lines, static lines, fine superficial under-eye lines, loss of elasticity (especially upper-eyelids), dark circles, puffiness and textural unevenness with positive visible results starting within 3 days and improving into 8 weeks with continued use.’ 

This is without a doubt the most effective eye treatment I have used and would recommend it in a heartbeat. It feels silky smooth on the skin, it’s lightweight but very hydrating. I simply love it. DECIEM have a lot of information & the science behind the 28 clinical technologies used in this product so I urge you to pop over & read all about them.

 

 

 

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish The Nude Collection

CND Vinylux Nail Polishes

CND Vinylux Nail Polishes

CND Vinylux – The Nude Collection

I am aware that we are well into Spring & brighter, more colourful nail polishes would be more appropriate, but I’m a that girl who just loves to wear nudes. They always look fresh, elegant and work with every outfit. So I make no apologies for declaring my love for the CND Vinylux Nude Collection. Although their new Chic Shock Spring Collection is BEAUTIFUL.

I have two polishes from the recent Nude Collection ‘Unlocked’ & ‘Unearthed’ which are very different but still very classic nudes.

Unearthed – A warm tone brown.

Unmasked – A medium tone brown.

Unlocked – A light tone brown.

Uncovered – A warm nude pink.

CND Vinylux The Nude Collection

CND Vinylux Neutral Nail Polish Swatched

Unearthed // Unlocked 

These polishes are quite thick but they apply smoothly and easily. The brush is the perfect size, its short and wide which I find super quick and fuss free to use. I applied two coats of both polishes so the colour looked even and opaque. They dried very quickly and I didn’t have to wait long at all to apply the topcoat & I think this is when the magic happens.

The Vinylux Weekly polish Top Coat is incredible, it gives a high shine finish and the quality looks as good as a professional nail salon but best of all my nail polish lasted chip free for almost the 7 days. This is no mean feat as I work with my hands crafting & they usually get scuffed so easily, but this topcoat meant my manicure remained intact with no unsightly chips for 6 solid days. I was very, very impressed. The high shine finish didn’t dull either. This topcoat is a serious winner and I am going to use it on top of all my manicures from now on.

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish The Nude Collection

Vinylux™ – weekly, chip-resistant wear, fast-drying, two-step application, brilliant shine which lasts without the need for a base coat. Increased durability with natural light.

CND products are available from pro nail salons and on-line at cultbeauty.com to find a pro salon near you, go to lovecnd.com

New Baylis & Harding Sensitive & Natural Hand Wash

New Releases From Baylis & Harding

Baylis & Harding Luxury Han Wash

Baylis & Harding Hand Wash

I have been using Baylis & Harding products for years, they’re fantastic quality, very affordable and stocked in so many shops. I tend to get mine in the supermarket whilst I am doing my weekly shop, which is very convenient. It also looks like I’m not alone in being a big fan of their products as one in two households in Britain use them too!

Founded in 1970, Baylis & Harding is a family business based in the Heart of England. From humble beginnings to an award winning, international success with luxury products in one in two UK households, Baylis & Harding’s story is one of hard work, passion and determination founded on strong family values.

So I’m excited to let you know Baylis & Harding have some wonderful new product releases. This month sees the launch of two new dermatologically tested hand washes which I have been putting to the test. One is SENSITIVE with calendula extract, geranium oil and vitamins B5 & E and the other NATURAL with oatmeal, milk & honey.

Both come in the signature Baylis & Harding style 500ml pump bottles. These are seriously big bottles and are fantastic to have by the kitchen sink or in the bathroom which gets used the most because these will last you months & months. I work from home and I’m constantly washing my hands, my bottles have lasted up to 4 months which is incredible.

Natural Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Cream Hand Wash

This natural, creamy hand wash is gentle and nourishing for your hands. It gives your hands a deep clean without leaving them feeling dry or tight. This also has the nicest sweet, fresh scent, subtle notes of vanilla, amber and sandalwood and every time I use it it makes my bathroom smell wonderful.

  • Blended with Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
  • Naturally kind to hands
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Suitable for all the family to use every day
  • Not tested on animals

With skin boosting natural ingredients including extracts of oatmeal, milk & honey for a naturally delicate scent, it’s suitable for all the family to use every day. This has become a firm favourite in my house!

New Hand Wash from Baylis & Harding

Calendula Extract, Geranium Oil and Vitamins B5 and E. Hand Wash

This hand wash has been dermatologically tested to be gentle even on the most sensitive of skins. It has delicate fresh uplifting scent and more importantly it’s free from nasties.

This hand wash contains no artificial perfume and no colours, it gently cleans hands without causing irritation. Lightly fragranced with delicate natural geranium oil which gives it a lovely Spring/Summer feel. It has the additional moisturising benefits of Vitamin E, Vitamin B5 and soothing calendula extract, it is a mild formulation clinically proven to be suitable for sensitive skin.

Keep your eye out for these brand new formulas in your local supermarkets & let me know which one you pick up.

Sensitive is available in Tesco, Asda & Waitrose. Natural will be stocked at Asda and Waitrose RRP £2.15

 

*This Post Contains PR Samples

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Skin Care Products Currently In Use 9

Products Currently In Use 9

Superdrug Raspberry & Vanilla Shower & Bath Soak 

I can’t get enough of these Superdrug own brand shower gels. They have the nicest selection of scents. I picked up this Raspberry & Vanilla one and also my favourite Salted Caramel one too. They always seem to be on offer so I stock up and they last ages. This one is lovely and fruity with a touch of sweetness. This bath soak leaves my skin soft and makes my whole bathroom smell so good. Best of all is the fact they’re Vegan and cruelty-free, not to mention a complete bargain. So if you’re looking for a new shower gel (you can use them as bath soak too), I highly recommend this range. I really want to try the Rhubarb and Custard one but it is always sold out in my local Superdrug.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo – The Sleek Restorer with Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter

This is great if you find most shampoos weigh your hair down, or you find it difficult to wash it out fully. The consistency of this shampoo is like a lightweight gel, it is so easy to work through your hair and very quick to rinse out. It leaves hair feeling hydrated, looking smooth and glossy with no trace of product buildup. I have naturally wavy hair that can get super frizzy but this shampoo helps to keep it manageable and frizz-free. I really want to try the conditioner too. Oh and this smells like pure Summer in a bottle, it is gorgeous.

Compagnie de Provence Karite Liquid Marseille Soap

In my house, I enjoy having products in lovely packaging, especially items that are on display all the time like handwash. When I saw this one in a cute homeware shop in St Ives I had to get it. The soap is great & doesn’t leave my hands dry at all. It is enriched with nourishing Shea Butter which is rich in vitamins A, D, E and F.

The bottle is ceramic so when it runs out I will refill it and keep using it. I love the bold typeface used on the bottle and think the cream and black make it look very modern and not too in your face. It was £18.50 so a bit of a splurge but it is 500ml and going to last a long time, also as I said I will reuse the bottle so that makes it worthwhile.

Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator 

I have tried almost all of the Superdrug own brand skincare collections and have never been disappointed. They’re affordable, vegan and have really good ingredients. I bought this Oatmeal Exfoliator from the Vitamin E range on a whim and I have to say I love it. It isn’t abrasive but the oatmeal scrubbies are enough so they exfoliate away the dead skin without leaving skin sore. I often apply it then leave it on my skin like a facemask for a couple of minutes before massaging it over my skin then washing it off with a damp warm cloth. It reminds me of the LUSH Oatifix face mask. For under £3 this is a great exfoliator to have in your routine.

Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals, The indulgent formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex comprising of vitamins A,B ,F and H, which, combined with horse chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.

SheaMoisture 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Masque 

I use this hair mask once a week and I try to leave it on my hair as long as possible (2-3 hours). It is a wonderful mask with so many benefits – well 10 to be exact and they are

  • Age-defying
  • Nourishing
  • Anti-stress
  • Revive body
  • Colour Protecting
  • Shine
  • Hydrating
  • Strengthening
  • Manageability
  • Softening

This is the ideal mask to add to your pamper routine, it gives your hair such a deep treatment. Once I rinse this out my hair instantly feels silky smooth and healthy. It’s a great masque if you have dry, dull hair because this will bring back the shine.

It contains some fab hair loving ingredients & the whole SuperFruit Complex range is pretty fantastic. I have tried both the shampoo & conditioner and they’re well worth investing in it is great for hydrating and nourishing dry, damaged hair.

  • Superfruit–a blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai and guava extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants
  • Marula oil–contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity
  • Biotin–nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair
  • Shea butter–deeply moisturises while conditioning hair and scalp

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’m currently using – or if you have any recomendations of products I need to try.