Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Then I discovered the Simple Micellar Water and it works wonders. I don't break out when I use it and it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry afterwards. So of course when they released a new version I just had to try it. The Simple Water Boost Micellar Water is the same formula as their original Micellar Water however it's infused with skin friendly plant extracts and minerals that simultaneously hydrates skin whilst it cleanses. It's perfect for those with dry/sensitive skins that find micellar waters irritate or leave skin feeling tight and uncomfortable.
I was quite worried this would break my skin out because of it's added ingredients. And I have had breakouts since I used this but they were caused by either hormones or my skin going through it's healing phase after I had my brows waxed. This micellar water has not broken my skin out or left with me loads of those horrid under the skin blemishes that cause my skin to look and feel bumpy to the touch. In fact it's done exactly what it claims to do on the bottle. This has been perfect as a cleanser for the days where I haven't worn make up and just need to refresh my skin. It hasn't left it feeling anything other than hydrated after each use as well as cleansed and refreshed. If you are in the market for a new micellar water but haven't had much luck finding the perfect one, this one may be just what you're looking for. Definitely check it out when you're browsing the skincare aisles of your local Boots or Superdrug next.
Monday, 14 August 2017
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Duped as better than Two Faced's Better Than Sex mascara, this new release looks extremely similar both packaging and brush wise. The Paradise mascara claims to have an ultra soft brush and Castor oil infused formula that gives lashes a boost as you wear it.
The formula is a lot wetter than other Loreal mascaras I've tried and it does have a tendency to smudge onto eyelids if you're a little slap happy with application. It's easily rectified but is slightly annoying if you're getting ready in a hurry. But once it dries on the lashes, it takes a good oil based eye make up remover to remove it and even then you may have to go in a couple times to really make sure it's all gone.
My only bug bear with this product is the price. At £11.99 a pop it seems a little steep for a drugstore/high street mascara. However price rises seems to be a theme throughout drugstore brands so I suppose I should have seen it coming. That being said though I wouldn't let the price discourage you from purchasing it. It's still cheaper than the Too Faced Better Than Sex and gives results which are very similar or even better than it. Whilst I don't like the price I'm not entirely against paying out for it because the results are brilliant and for a straight, stubborn lashed woman like myself it's a miracle worker. Definitely check it out when you're next at a Loreal stand, it's definitely one of the better beauty releases of the year.
Containing Ginseng and Aloe Vera as well as Koalin and Sea Salt this mask not only purifys, soothes and brightens skin but simulataneously stimulates and rejuvenates skin. It also helps with excess sebum as well as deep cleansing pores and reducing the appearence and feeling of exsisting blemishes. Surprisngly there is no Glycolic Acid or AHA ingredient in this formula which means this will the perfect deep cleanse mask for those who's skin struggles to get along with acids. However it is advised you follow up every use of this with the Glow Tonic Toner which contains 5% Gylcolic Acid as well as Aloe Vera and Gingseng, so if you are a fan of acid based products then you can add that into your routine after using this mask.
When it comes to this mask I wasn't wowed straight away. In fact I was quite disappointed because after a couple of uses I didn't see any results which considering the other Glow products showed instant results seemed strange. So I just stowed it away with my other masks until recently when my skin was on strike and didn't want to agree with anything I put on it. I tried charcoal based masks, I tried detox masks and AHA based masks and nothing worked. So out of desperation I reached for this and I'm so glad I did. It instantly helped my skin, texture was reduced, pores were minimised and my skin felt instantly soothed. I don't know what this mask did but it worked to put my skin back into a good place and I find myself reaching for this once a fortnight between other masks to keep my skin in a decent condition.
If you can't use AHA based products or don't like masks that contain Charcoal or other harsher purifying ingredients then I highly recommend you check this out. Containing a host of ingredients that work beautifully in conjunction with each other to not only put skin in a better place but maintain the results this mask is well worth it's £18 price tag. Sure it's not budget friendly but if you're someone who relys on masks to help skin clear on the regular then this will be worth every penny.
Monday, 7 August 2017
Their new Water Boost Hydrating Booster is a gem of a product and is the first of it's kind on the high street, with a somewhat budget friendly price tag. A lightweight serum consistency this booster can be used as a pre make up moisturising primer, mixed in with your daily moisturiser to boost hydration or applied to areas where it's most needed. Perfect for those with dry/dehydrated or senstive skin this booster not only gives skin a moisture surge but also holds onto moisture and slowly releases it throughout the day when skin needs it most.
The first thing to notice with this product is that a little goes a very long way, especially if you're adding it into a serum or moisturiser. The second is that the results from this product are instantaneous, even more so if you're skin is very dehydrated. Before you've even finished rubbing this in, skin will feel hydrated, plumper and softer to the touch. And throughout the day skin doesn't change, it still feels hydrated and soft to touch even hours later, make applied over top or without make up at all.
I've tried this on it's own as well as mixed in with my daily serum. Whilst it's nice on it's own, leaving skin feeling like it's had a massive hydration boost, I do prefer it mixed in with another product. This paired with a rich moisturiser such as the Liz Earle SuperSkin Moisturiser not only lightens the consistency of the moisturiser but also adds a bonus pop of hydration that you're skin will be thankful for. And I love pairing it with the Liz Earle as sometimes that whilst hydrating and nourishing on my skin can sometimes feel too heavy and this just lightens it as well as boosting moisture levels. If you have a holy grail moisturiser but just want an extra boost then this is the product for you. It isn't going to replace any of your exsisting products, it will just give them a little something mre which will is nothing but beneficial for your skin.
Friday, 4 August 2017
Their Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser is a two in one cleanser that gently yet effectively removes make up, dirt and grime whilst giving skin a hydration boost that most cleansers don't. Enriched with Clary Sage to soothe and hydrate skin, this gel to oil cleanser is perfect for those with dehydrated and sensitive skins.
The first thing I like about this cleanser is that it's thick. It's not one of those horribly runny cleansers that drips off your fingers before you've gotten it anywhere near your face, effectively wasting good product. And whilst it sounds like it would be hard to to cleanse skin with, it's not. A little bit of water and it transforms into a milky looking oil that breaks down make up quickly and effectively without drying the skin out. A warm flannel is enough to remove it and afterwards skin feels cleansed but not stripped and is still soft and supple to the touch.
The second thing I like about this cleanser is that it actually does what it says. It claims to effectively and gently remove make up without leaving skin feeling tight or irritated and that's exactly what it does. The consistency when you first apply it makes you think that it would be very heavy and pore clogging on the skin but that all changes when you add water and transform it into the oil. Then it becomes very lightweight on the skin and you can feel it breaking down any make up you have on without sitting pores, washing away easily with a warm flannel or muslin cloth.
Overall I love this cleanser, it works, it's gentle on my sometimes reactive skin and it has been one of the only cleansers I've reached for this past month. It's organic, budget friendly and can be picked up at your local Boots. If you have dehydrated, sensitive skin that struggles to find skin friendly cleansers then I highly recommend checking this out.
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Now I'd love to tell you that both of these are highly pigmented, opaque in one swipe and comfortably long wearing. But I can't, I can only tell you this about one shade. Fire Starter is the shade to go for out of the two. It's opaque in one swipe, doesn't take a lot of work to get right and when it dries down, it's not budging. Like you can eat a greasy cheeseburger followed by a huge slab of fudge cake not moving. And I know because I've tried it. It does not budge and doesn't need reapplying either. It's an absolutely amazing shade, the doe foot applicator makes application a dream and you don't need to layer coats to get a highly pigmented matte finish that is totally comfortable even if you've been wearing it for a good few hours.
Plum This Show on the other hand is a disaster of a shade. What looks like a beautiful shade in the tube is a streaky unworkable disaster. It doesn't even swatch nicely. Now you may think I'm being harsh but it's the truth, I've tried so many different ways to get it to work and it just isn't. Under lip liner, on it's own, in thin layers, nothing works with this shade. And it's such a shame as it looks like it has the potential to be such a good shade. It would look absolutely stunning during the upcoming colder months if it just worked but it doesn't which is so disappointing.
Shades aside, these liquid lipsticks have the potential to be some of the best on the high street. Their velvet mousse feel makes them a lot more comfortable to wear than others' on the market and don't dry lips out. The doe foot applicator applies just enough product and has enough flexibility to it that it smoothly glides along the lips, leaving behind an opaque colour that dries down in seconds and doesn't budge. Compared to the Barry M, Loreal, MUA and Gosh liquid lipsticks these are the best for their price point. And at £5.99 a pop you can't complain. I definitely plan on picking up some more shades including the stunning bold pink called Heartbeat.