June 2018 Skincare Product Empties

June 2018 Product Empties

Garnier Nourishing Botanical Gel Wash

I bought this on a weekend break after discovering I had left all my toiletries at home, I just wanted something to get me through the weekend and that was pretty affordable as I had all my skincare at home. That being said I was actually very surprised by how much I liked this and I continued to use it when I got back home. It is good at removing makeup and as a morning cleanse. It is refreshing and considering it is a gel it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or tight. If you’re on a budget or see this on offer I highly recommend trying it.

Decléor Aromessence Neroli Amara Night Balm

If I had to describe this product in one sentence I would say it is the most nourishing, luxurious treat for your skin, EVER! This balm was a joy to use every night and I looked forward to this step in my skincare. It smells amazing just like an expensive spa. It melts into the skin and goes from a soft balm to a rich oil which makes it super easy to massage into the skin. It is the perfect hydrating pick me up for dull, dehydrated skin. It contains essential oils of:

  • Basil: purifying and healing withdrawing properties
  • Neroli: softening and hydrates
  • Camomile: preventive role in relation to the appearance of dark spots
  • Tonka Bean: act on the microcirculation and soften

I’m gutted it has run out and scraped every last drop out of the pot. I will for sure be treating myself to another pot ASAP.

June Product Empties 2018

Vichy Idealia Radiance Boosting Antioxidant Serum

This lasted me so long, I have been using it since January and I loved its lightweight hydrating formula as part of my morning skincare routine. I found it hydrated my skin and helped lock in moisture all day. It also gives the skin a protective layer to protect it against environmental aggressors.

  • Radiance is restored and dullness reduced
  • Skin texture appears smoother
  • Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water strengthens the skin against aggressors
  • Tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control
  • Hypoallergenic

It is such an easy product to slot into your routine and it gives great results. My skin looked healthy and felt super smooth.

B. Hydrated Hyaluronic Acid Spritz

I am a face mist/toner addict. I love how refreshing, hydrating and easy they are to use. I spritz them on to clean skin, on top of makeup to refresh my face and just sat at my desk to revive my skin throughout the day. This B. is for beautiful one from Superdrug was very affordable and I loved it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which has become such an important ingredient in our skincare, especially if you have dry, dull skin. It helps lock in much-needed moisture.

  • Hyaluronic Acid – to moisturise deep down.
  • Boost skin’s radiance – Promotes a more healthy glow with regular use.
  • Soothes and relaxes – Perfect pick me up for tired, fatigued skin.

I’ve already repurchased this & I noticed they also do a vitamin version which is great for energising lacklustre skin, so I will be trying that one next. This B. is for beautiful, range is vegan and cruelty-free.

MERUMAYA Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF20

This sample size lasted me so much longer than I thought, I took it on so many trips/weekend breaks. I don’t have many moisturisers with SPF which is a pain but this MERUMAYA one has SPF20 and that is perfect for a city break. This cream has such a rich nourishing formula without having a heavy, greasy texture. It hydrates and wears so well under makeup. It is another fab product from my favourite British Skincare brand.

Formulated with powerful, active ingredients in combination with SPF filters, that protects the skin from UV damage and dry-out. Enveloped in a luscious, beautifully textured emulsion which leaves behind a plumped, velvety softness.

• 3 molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate into deeper layers of the skin, while also preventing breakouts.
• 3 anti-oxidants – Mangosteen Extract, Baobab and Vitamin E – to provide all-day cellular protection.
• 3 sun filters, to provide SPF 20 daily sun-protection against the skin ageing effects of UVA/UVB.

If you haven’t tried MERUMAYA they make luxurious but affordable skincare that actually works. No gimmicks or fancy packaging, they are committed to delivering results. I highly recommend checking them out. Let me know if you do!

Skincare Empties June 2018

DECLÉOR Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate

This is a great product if you suffer from pigmentation, uneven skin tone or dark spots and over time with continuous use, you really see a viable reduction. This has a tacky but fluid consistency, it’s gentle formula is so soothing and hydrating on the skin. I used it as part of my evening skincare routine and loved how luxurious and refreshing it felt. It is quite a pricey product but it targets very specific skin concerns and it actually works!

It is formulated with Sweet Orange Oil, Pea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid. to restore, hydrate and give your skin a fresh, healthy glow. It is great for reducing dark spots left over from stubborn blemishes and the soothing Chamomile and Rose Floral Waterworks to balance,  and refresh your complexion.

Decleor Serum

Sanctuary Spa Body Moisture Spray

This is a nice lightweight body oil which dries down very quickly on the skin. I used it mostly on my thighs as an extra boost of hydration. It smooths the skin and leaves it feeling supple and soft. It contains a blend of moisturising jojoba, conditioning sweet almond and anti-oxidant Vitamin E. Sanctuary products have that recognisable scent which I love. I wouldn’t rush out to repurchase but I did enjoy using it.

Superdrug Raspberry & Vanilla Shower & Bath Soak

LOVE these Superdrug own brand shower gels, I have spoken about them a couple of times on my blog. They’re Vegan, Cruelty-Free and always on offer in Superdrug so I stock up whenever I am in store. They come in some the most delicious flavours, this one was sweet & fruity and left my bathroom smelling so good. I also love the Salted Caramel scent. If you have used these, let me know in the comments which is your favourite scent!

June 2018 Product Skincare-Empties

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

Retinoids are a great ingredient to look out for in skin care especially if you want to delay the signs of ageing, address hyperpigmentation and improve texture. If you have very sensitive skin or you have irritation then you might want to apply a very small amount at first to see how you get on, also always remember to use SPF after using this! So if you have lost elasticity or have fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone you might want to add this to your routine.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% is a skin treatment serum for cell turnover and elastin production. Advanced Retinoid 2% is a stable emulsion of next-generation forms of Retinoid for anti-ageing and acne-prone skin by Deciem.

Hydroxypinacolone reinoate and pure retinol, are proven to be more effective than standard retinol formulations.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a lightweight, milky-textured serum that works hard to target visible signs of ageing while remaining gentle enough to avoid the irritation caused by some retinoid products.

Botanico Vida Omega Oil

This was a mini bottle which I take with me on trips, I did have the full size but used that up earlier this year. So I think it is fair to say I am a dedicated user of this body oil and have seen some great results. I love that it comes in a spray bottle, it is super convenient and means you can spray it directly on to the area you need and massage it in. It has a very lightweight texture and is very fluid which makes massaging it into your skin easy.

After using it for a few months I saw a real difference in my skin tone, texture and the softness of my skin.  My stretch marks are not as dark or prominent, which is amazing! It contains a lovely blend of Omega, Vitamin and Anti Oxidant rich nutrients including,

  • Bioactive Sacha Inchi with 90% Omega Fatty Acids
  • Argan & Rosehip Oil
  • Avocado & Oilve Fruit Oil
  • Sunflower Seed & Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E & Calendula
  • Mandarin & Grapefruit

If you suffer from scarring or stretch marks this body oil is fabulous at reducing both and I’d highly recommend trying this, I will 100% be purchasing another bottle (or two).

*This post includes PR samples

Previse DermApothecary Skincare

Previse Marine Skincare

Previse Marine Skincare

New to the UK & exclusive to Harvey Nichols, Previse Skincare has launched ‘six, plant-based, unscented skincare products specially formulated with dermatologists, free of artificial fragrance and essential oils. The ZeroFragrance line is crafted for a growing majority of shoppers demanding clean-beauty options.’ So if you’re trying to incorporate cleaner beauty products into your routine this is a line you need to check out.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been trying 3 products from this new range all three come packaged in clean looking, simple green and white packaging. It is quite practical and understated and you might think it is a little basic for the price tag, but Previse has kept it simple so they aren’t wasting their budget on unnecessary packaging focusing instead on the quality of the actual products themselves. This is becoming quite a trend in the beauty world as more brands like Deciem are adopting this scaled-back approach to packaging, I love it & fully approve.

Luxury Skincare From Previse

Marine Granules Skin Brightening Botanical Scrub

This gentle exfoliator blends fossilised algae with jojoba and botanical extracts to gently buff the skin. This has a gel-like texture with lots of very fine scrubbies which exfoliate away all the dirt and grime your skin clings on to from the day. It leaves skin feeling smooth without being abrasive. I love using an exfoliator, they’re so satisfying and this one from Previse stimulates cell renewal and gives your skin a healthy, fresh glow.

You can even mix this Marine Granules with your favourite cleanser to give it a boost so you can cleanse and exfoliate all at once. Such a great idea! I even use it on the backs of my hands just to pep them up and remove dead skin to help them look smooth and rejuvenated.

Vegan Skincare from Previse

Purify Hydrating Skin Cleanser

This pH balanced cleanser is so gentle and feels refreshing on the skin, it removes makeup with ease. It is enriched with marine algae and botanical extracts to help gently remove excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells without drying out your skin. It is a great daily cleanser which can be used morning or night. It has slotted right into my skincare regime and because it’s unscented, mineral oil and paraben free I know it won’t irritate my skin or break me out.

Previse Body Mist Skin Nourishing Body Oil

Body Mist Skin Nourishing Body Oil

This is my hero product for Spring/Summer. I have a wedding coming up and have been using this oil daily so I can have bare legs and they will look healthy and feel super smooth. This Bodymist is rich in ‘Vitamin E Oil and features, eco-certified sunflower and botanical oil extracts for long-lasting non-greasy comfort. This plant-based body oil includes sustainably sourced oils that are naturally rich in vitamin E to promote supple, elastic skin. Apply to wet or dry skin for a healthy, radiant and shimmering glow.’

I apply it liberally, focusing mainly on my legs and really take time to massgae it in. This oil gives them a healthy sheen, It dries down quickly and you can get dressed right away without feeling or looking greasy. If body lotions & butter leave your skin feeling tacky you might find a body oil works better for you, an oil hydrates and smoothes without that greasy, tacky feeling.

Previse Plant Based Skincare

Previse Hydrating Skin Cleanser

Previse ZeroFragrance features six products which include: Marine Granules Skin Brightening Botanical Scrub, MommyBalm Stretch Mark Cream, BodyMist vitamin E Body Oil, HydroFoam Rejuvenating Hyaluronic Moisturizer, Purify Hydrating Marine Cleanser, and SOS SkinRescue Healing Salve.

The Previse ZeroFragrance range is available now from the Beauty Hall at Harvey Nichols & online at www.harveynichols.com

*This Post Contains PR Samples

ASDA The New Destination For Beauty

Beauty Products at ASDA

Beauty Products at ASDA

As most of us know, ASDA is a very popular destination for affordable fashion. I always kick off my Summer Holiday shopping at George as they do fab bikinis & beach cover-ups. Most people are not aware that ASDA is also a great destination for all of your beauty needs. Last year saw ASDA update & revamp it’s George beauty line, introducing over 100 makeup products from Contour Kits and Eyebrow Products to Lipsticks and Eyeshadows, so ASDA really has you covered in the makeup department. Oh! and best of all is that nothing in the range costs over £6. So whilst you are shopping for your wardrobe updates you can also pick up your favourite skincare & beauty products.

They also stock one of my top skincare brands, nspa. This is a brand that offers quality products you can afford. I have tried quite a few products from their range over the years and I’ve never been disappointed. In fact, they always exceed expectations and I have my Holy Grail products that I will always repurchase. If you haven’t spent time in the beauty aisle at ASDA you’re missing out on some great brands.

Affordable Makeup Products From George at Asda

George Cosmic Baked Blush in Galaxy

I haven’t used a baked blush for so long. I remember back in 2014 when they were super popular and every brand was releasing their version. I had forgotten just how pretty this swirled formulation can be, this Cosmic offering from George is in the shade Galaxy which is a very pretty flushed pink shade and it gives just the perfect amount of colour. Enough to lift any makeup look and give it a fresh, radiant feel. I love the glow you get from a baked blush and this one is a good mix of highlight and blush, it reflects the light and leaves you looking healthy. It is a very wearable colour and it has gone straight into my everyday makeup bag & I have a feeling it is going to be my goto blush this Summer.

George Matte Lipstick in Smooch

I am so excited to see that ASDA have a range of soft matte lipsticks and there is no denying that they look stunning in their trendy rose gold packaging. You can’t go wrong with a classic pink shade and this one is a beautiful, everyday option. The formula is quite dry but that is to be expected in a matte formula it applies evenly and the colour is pigmented and so pretty on the lips. I am pleased with this shade and want to get a few more shades, I am tempted by a red.

Pretty Pink Makeup From ASDA George

nspa skincare exclusive to ASDA

nspa Expert Rejuvenating Serum

If you’re worried about the first signs of ageing or want to reduce fine lines and improve skins firmness this lightweight serum from nspa is perfect. It is fortified with:-

Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb extract, proven to help reduce the appearance of ageing skin, increase skins firmness and give the skin a smoother, more supple complexion.

Millet Seed Extract, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin while helping to retain moisture.

It has a nice lightweight texture and it is a great step to give your skin a nice boost of hydration and a step that targets those long-term skin concerns.

Beauty Exclusive to ASDA

nspa Beauty Rituals Smoothing Eyecream

Eye cream for me is one of those products of which I’m never 100% sure that they’re totally necessary. Although I do use them religiously because I don’t want to look back in years to come and wish I’d made more effort to keep those pesky fine lines at bay! So when it comes to this step in my skincare routine I am never very loyal to one brand the only criteria I have is price, I like my eye cream to be affordable and at only £5.00 this nspa one is just that. Oh, and it does contain Hyaluronic Acid which is a cult anti ageing skin care ingredient that everyone in the beauty industry swears by, so if the experts love it I will get onboard.

It is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid & Tetrapeptide to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and crows feet. Specially selected actives help firm and plump whilst enhancing radiance for a younger, brighter looking eye area.

nspa Beauty Rituals Face Masks

nspa have released 8 masks within this range, each mask targeting a specific skin concern. They have clay, moisturising and hydrating masks which includes a sheet mask. With all 8 costing only £1.50 each, this is such an affordable way add a mask to your beauty regime and have a little pamper. I love the sheet mask best of all as it is perfect to use after a busy week it soothes and rejuvenates tired dull skin. I always have a couple of the nspa beauty rituals masks in my stash, they come in this handy pouches which make them travel-friendly and ideal to take with you on your holiday.

The nspa range is cruelty-free & available exclusively in ASDA.

Affordable Beauty Products From ASDA

I love trying out affordable beauty products because I think we all know that price doesn’t always guarantee quality, at both ends of the scale. ASDA is bringing its ‘A’ game with its own brand beauty range from George and the nspa skincare products are not to be missed. Let me know if you have tried anything from either range, I would really like to hear your recommendations.

*This post contains PR Samples

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Skincare Collection

Jurlique Moisture Plus Hydrating Skincare Collection

Jurlique Rose Moisture Skincare Collection

I have been using Jurlique products for over 10 years now, it is a brand that I always recommend to friends and family because they cater for all skin types, skin concerns and ages and their products are fantastic quality. I also love the brand’s history, their commitment to being sustainable and eco-friendly and their dedication to harnessing the very best of nature to include in their skincare.

My favourite collection from Jurlique, other than their Purely Age-Defying (which is fantastic for combating the signs of ageing) is their Rose Moisture Plus Collection. This range protects the skin against environmental damage (with their Rose Extract and Antioxidant Complex) and it also deeply hydrates, nourishes and replenishes skin to help your skin look healthy and radiant. I think most people are aware of or have used Jurlique’s iconic Rosewater Balancing Face Mist but the Rose Moisture Plus Collection actually has 6 other products which include a serum, moisturiser and a creamy face mask.

I have been trying 3 products from the range and I thought I would let you know how I got on,

Jurlique rose moisture plus lotion

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion 

This lightweight, non-greasy lotion is perfect for moisturising, smoothing and protecting against environmental aggressors. It is formulated with Rosehip Oil which helps address surface dehydration and it also includes a selection of rich plant oils, botanicals and emollients including Honey, Beeswax and Shea Butter which hydrate and replenishes the skin.

This is a lovely product to include in your am or pm routine and it works well layered as part of your wider skincare regime. If you tend to find cream moisturisers a little too heavy or greasy, especially under makeup then this lotion could be a great option for you. It has such a lightweight texture and it leaves skin feeling soft and looking radiant. It has a fresh rose scent which is carried throughout the range and I love it, It isn’t at all powdery or old-fashioned but more of a fresh dewy rose scent.

Jurlique Daily Moisture Balancing Serum

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum 

This serum is designed to address the signs of dehydration and protect the skin’s barrier with essential fatty acids, oils and high-performing botanicals. It is lovely and lightweight but deeply hydrating and It has antioxidant-rich formula not only provides extended moisture to skin plump and radiant it also protects against environmental aggressors. So your skin is in good hands with this Rose Plus Collection

Jurlique Rose Plus Moisturising Cream Mask

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream Mask 

I have enjoyed trying all three of products but I have to say this mask has been my favourite product from the bunch. It is a weekly hydrating cream face mask and I enjoy using it on a Friday night after a busy week which takes its toll on my skin. I find it’s such a luxurious, replenishing treat for my skin. I like that you can use this as a 15-minute mask to boost hydration or as a more intensive overnight mask to really give your skin a treat and improve skins wellness.

This gentle creamy textured mask also contains Rosehip Oil which addresses dehydration and provides essential protection from environmental aggressors such as sun, wind and city pollution. Green Tea, Grapeseed and Tumeric Extracts provide powerful antioxidant properties whilst a rich selection of plant oils smooth and hydrate the skin.

Jurlique Moisture Plus Hydrating Skincare Collection

Australian Skincare Experts Jurlique

If over the Summer months you find your skin is a little drier and are looking to add more hydrating products into your skincare regime, maybe this Rose Moisture Plus Range from Jurlique would a great fit for you. In short, it is a fantastic way to replenish dry, dull skin and protect your skin from environmental damage (which is one of the main contributing factors of premature ageing).

  • Helps protect skin from environmental damage
  • Helps soften, soothe and rebalance dryness
  • Leaves skin hydrated and moisturised
  • Addresses the signs of dehydration
  • Protects the skin’s barrier with nutrient-rich botanicals
  • Provides extended moisture keeping skin cushioned, fresh and radiant

You can find Jurlique products either via their online store www.jurlique.co.uk or at Jurlique’s new Flagship store at 489 Oxford St, London or at Debenhams in Chester & Oxford St, London. 

*This post contains PR samples