Saturday, 12 April 2014

Dermalogica Clear Start Skincare Review.

Hi ladies

Let's ignore the blog break and quickly move on. A while ago I was kindly sent the Dermalogica Clear Start skincare range. This is a range aimed at teenage skin. Not being a teen any longer and having dry skin I didn't think I was the best person to test this out. However having a teenage brother with oily skin and prone to a spot here and there, I asked if he would test these out and he was happy to do so. He is a boy of few words hence the very short reviews.

Blackhead clearing pore control scrub -  75ml/£13
He wasn't keen on the scent of this but the 'little bits' were very noticeable on the skin and it felt like it was actually 'doing something'. He would purchase this.
(I've personally tried this and I really like the gritty scrubs to get rid of the dry bits so this gets a thumbs up from me)
Breakout clearing foaming wash £13/177ml
Really nice scent. It had a smooth texture when applying to the skin and it then foamed up (he used the word bubbled bless him). Upon washing it off the skin, it left the skin smooth. He would purchase this.

Breakout clearing cooling masque 75ml/£16
He only used this a few times. He said for the first minute it was cooling but he didn't really notice much effect of it so he wouldn't purchase it.

 Breakout clearing all over toner 120ml/£13
He never really used the toner so he doesn't have any thoughts on this. I personally thought it was cool to see a toner in a spray bottle.

Oil clearing matte moisturiser 60ml/£16
This really worked for him. My brother reports that it definitely increased the time it took for his skin to get oily and with most teenage skin, he usually finds his nose area particularly gets oily quite quickly. At the same it didn't dry out the dryer aspects of his skin. He would purchase this product.

Breakout clearing overnight treatment 60ml/£13
He says he doesn't really know what this did but he used it all the same.

Breakout clearing emergency spot fix 9ml/£15
This wasn't as immediate a fix as he thought it would be according to the name. However he reports that it was good because it did work on spots that he had.

Breakout clearing daytime treatment 60ml/£16
This is one of the products I actually used. I have been using this everyday as a daily moisturiser. It is a very lightweight formula and when I have used my usual moisturiser on the rare occasion (steamcream) it feels a lot greasier on my skin. It isn't overly moisturising for my dry skin and leaves a matte finish but it does the job and I can imagine it would be great for oilier skin. The only thing I don't like with this is the almost alcohol like scent.

He liked the simplistic packaging and thinks the neutral colour would appeal to both genders.He found that overall the products achieved what they set out too. It helped reduce the oiliness of his skin and kept his breakouts under control. He did say it was quite expensive and I have to agree that keeping in mind the target market, this may be a little pricey. At the same time, it is a well known skincare brand and sometimes you get what you pay for.

Thank you to the PR company for sending this bundle out to me. If you have oily skin, blemish prone skin or want to treat a teenager to their first proper skincare routine then the Dermalogica Clear Start range is a good option.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Empties #5

Hi ladies

So this is awkward. After my return I disappeared again but life is hectic I tell you. Today I will be talking to you about Empties. This would be further delayed if my mum didn't threaten to chuck the lot away. It has been a long time since my last empties and although I have acquired a lot I won't be talking about them all. Just the ones that stand out.

Rituals shower foam in Yogi Flow - £8.50/200ml
A luxurious shower foam from Rituals containing organic sweet almond oil to restore the skin's moisture balance and Indian Rose for relaxation.

I agree with the lot. This range from Rituals is actually amazing. The way the product shoots out like a gel and on instant contact with the skin turns into a foam. They have so many scents and any of the ones I have tried have been really nice. Although it may seem pricey for what is in effect a shower 'gel' it lasts for ages and feels so luxurious.

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub - £8/300ml
For a review of this scrub check out my 'what a scrubber' post.

Barefoot SOS Dry Scalp Shampoo - £13/200ml
This is a gentle, deep-cleansing treatment shampoo for dry sensitive scalps, even those prone to dandruff. This mild dry scalp shampoo combines a gentle foaming coconut extract with moisturising and regulating oils and active herbal extracts to soothe and condition. A blend of essential oils calm and relax the scalp and senses. Hair is clean, shiny and deliciously fresh-scented; and your scalp feels relaxed, hydrated and nourished.

I was sent this last year by the brand after they saw my tweet about my dry scalp problems. Although I don't have sensitive skin, being 100% natural I should think this would be good for people that can't use other shampoo's filled with nasties. I really liked the scent of Lemon tea tree and Geranium, it was very fresh and uplifting. In all honesty I'm not sure how much it did to tackle the dandruff but it definitely didn't make it any worse and I enjoyed using it.

Super Facialist Neroli Daily Brightening cleanser - £7.99/150ml
You can check out a review of this here.

Yes to Carrots Lip Butter - £2.99/4.25g
I'm not sure how many lip balms I've actually finished but here's one. It lasted a good while because I have a few on the go at any one time. I don't think this brand is widely available but here is a website which has one with the same packaging as mine (it may be older stock and I have never used the website, just found it with a quick google). You can get what I presume is the latest packaging from FeelUnique.

17 Hide & Chic Concealer - £4.99
I have a review of this here.

Salt of the Earth Deodorant - £3.79/100ml
I used this quite a while ago and really liked the non aerosol replacement after using the Weleda offering. This deodorant is a no frills option for those looking for something that is free from Alcohol, Aluminium Chlorohydrate, Paraben's, Fragrance and Propellants.

I don't think it would do the job in summer but it gets you by in winter. It is unscented and you can squirt quite a lot in one place but that's the downside of having a non aerosol can. You can get this from Holland and Barrett and it is currently buy one get one half price.

Origins GinZing Energy boosting moisturiser - £23/50ml
Although I only had a sachet of this, I really enjoyed using it in the height of summer. The zesty scent is so refreshing and the lightweight gel/cream hybrid makes it really light on the skin without sacrificing hydration. I'm not one to spend a lot on moisturiser so I don't think I would purchase it but if you are, this would be a great addition to your spring/summer skincare.

So there we have it.

Till next time (who knows when that will be)...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Shopping for MAC lipsticks - Cosmo, Rebel & Party Line.

Hi ladies

It has been a helluva long time since I last blogged. It's been non-stop weddings for me plus the ol' 9 to 5 so I just haven't had the time. Anyway enough of that, now onto the post. A while ago I went shopping with my cousin who was looking for some new MAC lipsticks. I thought I'd show you what we ended up buying. FYI, MAC lipsticks have gone up to £15! I'm sure they were £12.50 at one point?

From left to right - Party Line, Rebel, Cosmo.
Don't these look just a little bit gorgeous? I love that these colours have a little bit of everything. A purple, a red and an everyday nude. In 3 colours we have a whole collection.  Voila!

I haven't heard much about Party Line (cremesheen) before, it seems to be the perfect red for beginners. It isn't very in your face but there's nothing stopping you from building it when you're feeling a bit daring.

Rebel (Satin) is quite the cult plum lipstick. It is fairly misleading in the bullet as I don't think it swatches as dark as you'd think. It is another lipstick that you can apply lightly by dabbing it onto your lips and then using your fingers to blend for a pinky stain or going all out for a statement lip.

Cosmo (amplified) looks like a nice nude for medium skintones. MAC describe it as 'pink coco' which seems pretty spot on. The swatches make it seem lighter than it is unfortunately but it is more of a warmer rosy pink.

Left to Right - Party Line, Rebel, Cosmo.

In short, my cousin said she really likes rebel and party line. She described them as nice bold colours, which are easy to apply and they are buildable which makes them good for day and evening. She also thinks they stay on well. 
However, although she thinks cosmo is a natural everyday colour,  it sadly does 'weird things' to her lips. She finds that it leaves the outside of her lips 'crumbly'. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with the amplified finish but that's what she's found.

I hope you enjoyed my first post in 2 months. Make sure you leave a comment sharing your favourite MAC lipstick.

Till next time (hopefully not another 2 months)...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

GOSH CC cream Illuminating foundation.

Hi ladies

I have been meaning to review this bad boy for a while. I received it back in August with the rest of the GOSH A/W 2013 collection and have used it a lot since joining the world of work. These retail for £8.99 and are available at superdrug.

I was given the shades 03 Sand and 04 Natural. These are a decent match to my skin colour so kudos to whoever selected which ones to send from the 6 shades that are available. 03 is lighter and has a yellow undertone, whereas 04 is darker but has a pinkier undertone. By mixing the 2 I get the deeper colour I need but with the right undertone.

I really like the packaging for a number of reasons:

  1. The colour combination is eye catching
  2. It is all very hygienic with the squeezy tube and thin nozzle
  3. It is lightweight and thin making it perfect for popping in a make up bag/travelling.

Now onto the product. This is the perfect formula for my skin and is the perfect product for day to day application. High praise indeed. It is lightweight, easy to blend in and moisturising for my dehydrated skin. It adds moisture to the skin without being greasy as it is oil free. It contains SPF 10 which is good enough for me, so it protects a little without giving the white cast in flash photos. It is also illuminating which must be down to the light-reflecting pigments, although I hadn't noticed these pigments myself.

Overall, I really enjoy using this product. It gives pretty light coverage but if I'm going to wear anything on my face to work (I'll be honest it's moisturiser and pore minimising primers most days) it'll probably be this. It's a much runnier consistency to the GOSH BB cream which I also really liked. I'd recommend this to anyone with normal to dry/dehydrated skin that is looking for a product to even out skintone without too much coverage.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

PS I have a few more things from the GOSH A/W collection to review. Here's a peek.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Helen É cosmetics.

Hi ladies

A while ago I was sent some Helen E cosmetics to review. I opted for a glitter pot, the fixing gel and the Nubian beauty duo.

The reason I went for the glitter pot is because I've been watching tutorials on youtube where pigment has been used on the centre of the eyelid and it looks so beautiful. I thought it would be great to use at Asian weddings. These retail for £5 and you get 2g of product. They have a huge range of colours to choose from and I went for white disco because I thought it would compliment a lot of looks.

In short, I'm not a fan of the product but that's my own fault. What I think I was looking for was more the shimmer eye powders. The glitter pot is exactly that - glitter. The little glitters actually feel quite sharp when you try to remove it, there's lots of fall out and you'll basically find glitter for days. 

Next up is the fixing gel. I was recommended to take this with the glitter to keep it all in place. This costs £10 for 7ml of product. It has an easy to use doe foot applicator, is a clear gel and it is quite runny. At first I thought the runny formula meant it wouldn't help anything to stick. I then compared it to the UDPP and below you can see the results.

Left to right: just the glitter, fixing gel and UDPP.

When I wiped my hand, all the glitter that wasn't stuck to my hand using the fixing gel disappeared (onto my floor. Despair!). So, from what I can see (with very limited use) the fixing gel does a decent job.

Lastly, I thought I would try a face product. I went with the Nubian beauty duo in shade 3 which retails for £16.50. Shade 3 is the lightest in the Nubian range and the website says it is suitable for golden undertones. Now this product really really confuses me. The website says it gives a flawless finish and evens out skintone. The website says it looks natural and feels lightweight. I agree with that last bit but that is because the product gives zero coverage. I just don't understand what I'm meant to do with it.

It has a nice big mirror and the packaging is very sleek and travel friendly but I had to seriously build up the product to get any payoff. The last thing you want in a foundation/whatever this is.
I have to give recognition to the brand for having a whole section dedicated to what they call 'black make up' but basically make up for darker skin tones. That's very rare with any brand and they also have blushers to complement darker skin.

On the whole, I may have went with the wrong products. The glitter just isn't what I was expecting but it is exactly what it says on the tin, a pot of glitter. The fixing gel is redundant without the glitter although it does a good job and so in hindsight I wish I had gone for the shimmer pot or the eyeshadow primer instead. However, the nubian beauty (foundation?!) was a complete disappointment. There are no two ways about it. I just can't figure out what the purpose is and why anyone would be a fan. If you are, please let me know how you use it.

Have you tried anything from Helen É?

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

My Dermalogica facial at Shumaila's salon!

Hi ladies

Last week, I was kindly invited along to Shumaila's Hair & Beauty Salon in Gants Hill by the lovely Sheefa. They have 4 locations across East London and Essex. I went along for a Deep Cleansing Dermalogica Facial which would usually cost £35.

The actual salon was nice. It looked clean, had a simple layout and staff had matching purple uniforms which gave it an air of professionalism. There was also soothing, spa type music playing in the background. Shumaila's offer countless treatments from botox, hair removal to haircuts.

I was welcomed by the lovely Nadiea, who was also the therapist that gave me the facial. I was offered tea and coffee while I waited for her to set things up. She asked me what skin type I had and what my concerns were. I told her I had dry skin and congested pores on my nose. She also asked about allergies and back problems (which became clear later).

She led me to a private room where the treatment took place. It was a fairly small room but more than adequate for the facial. I was asked to lay down and was given a blanket and towel to cover myself. Nadiea started by using the pre-cleanse. Once she had cleansed my skin, she covered my eyes with cotton pads and used a bright light to closely inspect my skin. I was really intrigued by her diagnosis of my skin. We all know I go on about having dry skin but turns out it's more dehydrated than dry with an oily t-zone. Although she said it wasn't in a bad condition she noticed congestion on my nose and some pigmentation from the sun.

After cleansing and exfoliating, she steamed my face and used a tool to squeeze out all the greasy bits that had clogged my pores. Not going to lie, this might be a bit too painful for the more sensitive out there but it felt satisfying knowing what must be coming out. She then gave me a nice face and shoulder/back massage which just felt amazing. Nadiea then put on a treatment in the areas I had pigmentation and a masque to give my skin some hydration. She left this on for a while during which I almost fell asleep. After wiping it all off, she finished by mixing a bit of spf and a normal moisturiser and with that the facial was over. I was in quite a daze from being so relaxed after it had ended. Nadiea was very knowledgeable about the the products and gave me lots of advice and recommendations based on my skin type including to always wear an spf!

Overall, I loved the facial! I was having a browse of their deals page and the Dermalogica Age Smart Facial is currently on offer for £25 so if you live anywhere close by, I would thoroughly recommend it. A week later I can still see the effects and the ultimate compliment is that I haven't used a pore minimising primer since the facial. A big deal. I'm going to try and get a facial done every few months now ;)

Shumaila's also stock a range of Dermalogica products that you can buy there or online at beauty900. During my facial, Nadiea used:
  1. Precleanse - £11.50
  2. Essential cleansing solution - £22.50
  3. Daily microfoliant - £38.50
  4. Revitalising additive
  5. Massage cream
  6. Chromo-white complex (for pigmentation)
  7. Multivitamin power recover masque - £33.50
  8. Intensive Moisture Balance (£35) mixed with Solar Defence Booster spf 50 (£36).
I was kindly sent the microfoliant and the daytime radiance kit. This post might become too long if I review these so I will leave that for another time. For now I wanted to say if you're interested in Dermalogica, the beauty900 website is offering free samples with every order and free UK delivery.
Have you ever had a facial or do you have any DIY tips? Do share in the comments.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Saturday, 2 November 2013

La Roche-Posay skincare - Full routine for dry skin.

Hi ladies

Last December I blogged about the whole No7 skincare routine I hooked my cousin up with. After that finished, I was itching to introduce her to something else even though she was happy to stick to the No7. I decided to go with La Roche-Posay as Escentual had a 1/3 off French skincare offer and I had a discount code on top of that. One thing I discovered when I was researching the brand is that there are lots of reviews from oily skinned lasses out there, but not many from my fellow dry ladies so hopefully this will help. My cousin has been using it for a few months and unless stated otherwise, here are her views. 

Micellar Solution - £11.50
I use this with cotton wool when I have heavy make up on which isn't very often. I use it to remove my make up and will then follow up with the cleansing milk which I use as a face wash. It is cool, refreshing and has an amazing scent - if I was to describe it I'd say it was lemon water with some fresh meadow daisies (I should warn you my cousin is slightly weird).

Mez - I've given this a go and although I don't agree entirely with that scent description it definitely smells really nice and I found it works as well as other cleansing waters I have.

Physiological Cleansing Milk - £11.50
I have been using this to take my make up off with a cotton wool pad and it's great as a face wash. The scent again is amazing like the micellar solution but not as strong. It wipes off make up really quickly and works like a charm. I think this is the best product love it love it love it!

Mez - I tried this out as a face wash and felt it left a bit of a film on the skin. Having said that though it is designed to be used dry on a cotton wool pad. I sense it would work in a similar way to the organic surge cleansing lotion. Lightweight and great for dry skin.

Thermal Spring Water - £7.50
Refreshing spray that provides a boost of moisture and doesn't ruin make up, I don't use it unless it's necessary. I had it in my bag during summer, its expensive stuff so didn't want to waste it and I still have a lot left.

Mez - I have used face mists before but this was the first one I used in an aerosol can. It leaves such a fine mist on the skin. I'm not sure how necessary these spring waters are but this would be nice to freshen up in the hot, sticky summer days.

Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub - £10
I use the scrub twice a week - I feel I don't need to use it twice at all but I have this obsession with scrubbing off dead skin at least twice a week. It should come in a bigger size because I have to ration my uses. It's bitty enough and absolutely amazing for sensitive skin.

Mez - I was very impressed when I gave this a go. I was expecting it to not be scrubby enough for what I like but there were lots of tiny bits. I actually thought the bits were quite sharp so I'm surprised my cousin finds it works well for her sensitive skin. Personally though it's the type of scrub I love.

Hydraphase Intense Riche - £16.50
I used this as my daily moisturiser in the summer. It is light, easy to blend and left my skin soft and supple. I didn't have to worry bout the UV rays and it never dried out my dry skin. I don't think the scent is as nice as the solution and nutritic moisturiser.

Mez - Considering it is an spf, it is one of the lighter formulas. It doesn't leave the skin as greasy as other formulas. 

Nutritic Intense Riche - £16.50
My daily moisturiser for London weather and night cream. It's much thicker than the Hydraphase so a few more rubs to blend in, but again no complaints as I feel my skin has never dried out and it is a lot more hydrating than the hydraphase. I'd describe the scent as a light floral and I like to inhale the scent sometimes.

Mez - I actually felt the cream had a whipped lightweight texture. It has a nice scent and I found it was quite easy to rub in.

Hydraphase Intense Masque - £15.50
Due to the fact that my face is nicely hydrated with the daily stuff, I only use this roughly every 10 days. It's a nice light soothing mask and when you wipe it off, your face feels so soft and hydrated. I love it!

Mez - I haven't had the pleasure of trying this unfortunately.

Hydraphase Intense Eyes - £15
Like a gel, cooling sensation and feels nice after a long day on the PC. Only used at night as feels slightly sticky so didn't think it would be a good base for eye make up

Mez - A gel texture which feels quite tacky at first but once absorbed, feels smooth.

Summary - using all the products regularly for the past few months I haven't noticed a dry flake and my skin always feels hydrated and supple. I love this French range and I definitely recommend it to dry skin peeps who maybe don't drink as much water as they should be.

Mez's summary - I'm glad I got her to try out this range. The products are finishing up so I'm now looking onto what could be next. My cousin is actually happy to repurchase this but I want her to try Avene next so I'll be sure to let you know how that goes.

Till next time...Toodles! :)