Skincare Shopping – With a Little Review Attached

Of all things beauty, I think I get the most pleasure from buying and trying new skincare products.  Wait, no, I love makeup more.  Actually skincare is my favourite.  Ok, the truth is, I just like buying and trying new things, whether it be cleansers, eyeshadows (I have a weakness for palettes), blushers or highlighters… I love it all.

I do think, however, that the more effort (and sometimes money, sadly) you put into skincare products the better.  Simply because, if you get that right then the better the base will be for all the glorious makeup products.

 

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Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser

I talked about my morning routine (here) recently, where I listed the three main products that I use in the morning.  I haven’t written a nightly routine post yet, because it is so changeable, and it would be more like a 5,000 word essay.  I have, however, been looking for a new makeup remover/cleanser that will properly take all my makeup off from the day.  So, I picked up two on a quick shopping trip this week; Sanctuary Spa Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash, and Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser.  I like that the Nip+Fab cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser (it contains 2% Glycolic Acid), but am a little worried that it will be too harsh for my skin (I haven’t tried it yet).  I can report that the Sanctuary Spa cleanser is really lovely though.  It smells very nice (I am big on smells) and seems very gentle.  My skin is dry, so can feel tight after cleansing, but this doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture.  I actually – dare I say it – prefer it over the Philosophy cleanser that the world and her sister loves.

 

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L-R Sanctuary Spa Youth Boosting Facial night Concentrate; Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash; Illuminating Moisture Lotion

 

I also picked up a few other little minis from the Sanctuary Spa range; the Youth Boosting Facial Night Concentrate, and the Illuminating Moisture Lotion.  I definitely don’t need a new day cream, or a night cream for that matter, but I’m a sucker for the word illuminating, and the night cream is apparently going to make me look like a teenager again.  I’ll report back when I have had a chance to try them out.  The Illuminating Moisture Cream has SPF 15, useful for days when I don’t need or want a full on sun screen.

 

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L-R Lush Let the Good Times Roll; Eau Roma Water

 

I popped into Lush too – the smell draws me in every time – where I purchased Let the Good Times Roll.   I have used this before, so I know I love it.  It’s got popcorn in it! Popcorn! That’s not the only reason I have repurchased this squidgy cleanser (it feels a bit like gritty Play Doh), it also does lovely things for my skin, gently cleansing and exfoliating, while leaving me glowing and soft.  The Eau Roma Water  can be used on cotton wool as a toner, but I have been using it as a facial spritz after cleansing in the morning.  It is a refreshing, boost of hydration, that is gentle on even sensitive skin.  My only complaint with the Eau Roma Water is that the spray is less of a mist, and more of a squirt in the face.  I don’t know if I got a dud, but the spray is quite violent.  It does do an excellent job of waking me up in the morning though.

 

Have you you tried any of these skincare lovelies, what do you think of them?

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To Tan or Not to Tan (the face)

I have sporadically self-tanned my body for a few years, but tanning my face is something that I have avoided.  Not because I like the two-toned look, but because I don’t like the thought of using products formulated for the body on my face.

So, when I came across this new little gem from Clarins it would be an understatement to say I was excited.  The Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster is a teeny tiny little bottle, containing little drops of liquid sunshine.  It is designed in such a way that you can push on one end, and a drop will come out of the dropper.  Simply add 1-3 drops with your usual facial moisturiser, mix in the palm  of your hand and apply to the face.  It will then work its magic on your skin to create a golden glow.  Simple pimple.

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What I love about the Golden Glow Booster, is exactly what frustrated me about the St Tropez Gradual Tan in-shower lotion; it is very subtle. I personally don’t want to go to sleep with my face one colour, and wake up quite another. That’s fine on my body – I can hide that – but my face is so… well, public.  Anyway, I have found that three days of mixing three drops in with my night cream creates the perfect colour.  Not unnaturally brown, but simply healthy looking.  My skin, although not hyper-sensitive, can react to some products.  If I overdo it with new things, or use anything too harsh, I will end up with soreness across my cheekbones, and/or bumps along my jawline.  After using the Radiance-Plus Glow Booster for a week, I have had no adverse reaction whatsoever, so I would expect that most – if not all – skin types will get on with it.  There is no smell that I could detect, so if you wanted a double dose you could apply in the morning too.

I really cannot rate this amazing stuff highly enough.  At £18 for 15ml, it is not cheap, however, a little goes a long way, and I can see it lasting well beyond the end of summer.

 

If you are a self-tanner, what do you do? Choose a darker foundation to make up the difference, or do you use body products on your face? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Smallest of Hauls & First Impressions

I have been nearing the end of my Origins GinZing moisturiser  over the last few days.  And, being as fickle as the day is long I have decided not to repurchase it.  As much as I have enjoyed using it, I just don’t feel that it is ‘The One’.

 Despite my decision to have a less spenderific July, I found myself in Boots yesterday.  I did manage to keep my spending to a minimum (honest, guv) and just picked up two Soap and Glory moisturisers (and some nappies for the baby, but they are kind of essential).  I went for Speed Plump and For Daily Youth.  I’m not greedy, but there was a ‘Buy one, get one half price’ offer on, so I thought I would get two, in the hope that one will knock my socks off.

 

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Speed Plump (here) promises to give ‘tighter, brighter, firmer, smoother looking skin’ and apparently has ‘Moistureplump’ technology.  For Daily Youth (here) is a 6 – in – 1 Multi-Active moisture lotion, which will ‘Mazimize moisture levels, soothe stressed skin, rejuvenate tired skin, improve elasticity, soften and smoothe the skin’.  Wow.  Both promise great things, I hope at least one will prove to be my new must-have skincare product.  If results were in any way related to packaging then I would be on to a winner – I just love Soap and Glory packaging.

I used Speed Plump today, and so far so good.  It is for dry/dehydrated skin, but it’s not in any way heavy. A little bit goes a long way, and it disappeared into my skin without leaving a legacy in the form of a greasy film.

I will see how I get on over the next few days, and will report back… Stay tuned!!

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A Little Bit of Heaven for the Skin

Well, what a week.  My family and I were – very reluctant – hosts this week.  Not to Great Aunt Mabel, but to a particularly unpleasant stomach bug.  I won’t go into detail here, but suffice to say, it was not pretty (children under the age of seven find it hard to get to a bucket in time to throw up, or at all in some cases – who knew?!).  I therefore didn’t manage to work on any of the blog posts I had planned, but I did manage to get some sneaky online shopping done.

One of the items I bought was something I had been thinking about for a little while, but couldn’t decide if I actually needed (not that this usually stops me).  This little wonder:

 

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Konjac French Pink Clay Facial Sponge

 

I have never really been one for using a muslin, or the like, for cleansing, but this little sponge seems to promise so much more (exfoliating, deep cleaning, PH balancing and refining of pores to name a few). I do own a Clarisonic, which I use periodically when I need a proper clear out, and I really love it but I am wary of using it too often for fear of irritation.  The sponge, though, seems gentle enough to use every day and can be used with just water, or with a cleanser which is what I have been doing.

I wasn’t sure what to expect initially, the sponge arrives a little wet and felt quite slimy (ick).  Using it on my skin though is heavenly; like being caressed by little tiny angels (ok, that’s a bit much, but it does feel very nice).  It really is like a mini facial every morning.  I went for the French Pink Clay, but The Konjac Sponge Company offer different options, depending on your skin type.  You can read further info here if you are interested in finding out more.

 

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

 

 

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Bitesize Review – The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer

Betty-Lou and I have a love-hate relationship.  I love the colour, the consistency, and the pigmentation.

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The Balm – Betty-Lou Manizer

 

 I also HATE the pigmentation.  Good grief is she scary to use.  The first time I tried her (other than swatching here, there and everywhere) I made the mistake of dipping my Kabuki brush straight in and rubbing it around like a woman possessed.  Then I swept it on the top of my forehead (y’know – like all the pros do).  Biiiig mistake.  I looked as though I had dipped my head into some shimmery cocoa powder, mixed with brick dust.  As I tried to get my panicked breathing under control, I took my trusty Real Techniques buffing brush (that baby can sort out all manner of overzealous makeup application) and buffed.  Then buffed some more.  I buffed as if my life depended on it.  Once the redness had died down – from all the buffing – and my eyes had cleared from the tears of fear, I took a look in the mirror.  Expecting to see a big brown mess, I was pleasantly surprised that I looked fairly normal, just gently bronzed.  It was then that I took a vow.  I promised myself that I would only place that brush back on my face with minimal bronzer on, and only after tapping the heck out of it first.

Since then, you’ll be relieved to know, I haven’t had another disaster involving Betty.  She has been kind to me.  I still get a little shiver of terror when I first go to apply the brush to my face though, followed by a sigh of relief when I know it’s all going to be alright.

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Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake Me Up Mascara

 

 

I bought this mascara on a whim in the supermarket.  I didn’t really need it, but I was curious about how exactly it would ‘wake me up’.  According to their website it has a ‘precision brush [to add] volume, lift and length’.

Rimmel Wonder’Full Wake me up Mascara (the leaves were my daughter’s contribution)

 

I’m afraid for me it did neither add volume, create lift, or add length.  It was very ‘wet’ (that should be a plus, right?) and so all it did was weigh my lashes down.  I have to admit, I am blessed with reasonably long and healthy lashes, so they can get weighed down by heavy mascaras.  I do love to curl them though – a step I do even on makeup-free days.  I find this opens my eyes, and makes me look slightly more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  I suppose I was hoping that Rimmel’s new eye opener would help with that.  Alas, it was not to be.  Would I recommend it?  Possibly.  If you are looking for a reasonably cheap mascara with a mahoosive wand (the brush is nearly as big as… well, a very large thing), then go for it.  However, if, like me, you are still searching for the Holy Grail of mascaras, that volumises, lifts and curls, then I would give this one a miss.

 

I purchased this from money taken from our weekly food budget.  Don’t worry, the kids still ate that week.  Just a little less.  This post is not sponsored.

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