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! :)