Review – Elemis FreshSkin range
 
 
 
What
the company say

 
The
freshskin
by Elemis
range consists of 14 fab new products designed especially for the
needs of young skin.

Skin will appear brighter and more
radiant whilst the freshskin Skin Clear range targets problem, oily
and blemish prone skin.

Every freshskin product is formulated
with naturally active ingredients which have been specially chosen
for their ability to help cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise and target
the problems of a young skin.

 
 
Price
and Stockists

 
Price
List
Make Up Away Cleansing Wipes (25) £8
Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash 100ml
£12
Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash 100ml
£12
Loving Lips Quenching Lip Balm – 10ml
£8
Face Mask Duo deep clean and magical
moisture – 6 x 7ml £15
Tired Eyes Soothing Eye Rescue 15ml £15
Super Boost Moisturising Serum 30 ml
£18
Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser 50ml
£20
Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser
50ml £22
freshskin Discovery Kit £19.90
 
Super
Boost Moisturising Serum 30 ml £18

NEW
to the range is this intensive and hydrating Super Boost Moisturising
Serum. The lightly textured serum combines a specially selected blend
of natural hydrators, ideal for when your skin is looking dull and
lifeless and in need of a moisture boost. Maintaining your skin’s
natural moisture levels and preventing further dehydration. Ceramides
and hyaluronic acid work together in synergy with softening plum oil,
and vitamin E to energise your skin, boosting radiance and revealing
a natural, healthy glowing skin.

 
My
thoughts

 
I
use this on a morning before my moisturiser and before putting on my
make up. It’s a light serum which has a pleasant almond scent. It’s
extremely lightweight and settles into the skin instantly.

Personally,
I find that I need to use moisturiser as well as this as my skin a
little too dry to get away with just this. I do like the fact my skin
doesn’t feel stick or odd after using serum, I’ve found that effect
previously. 
 
Loving Lips Quenching Lip Balm – 10ml £8

This refreshing peppermint lip balm, is enriched with passionflower oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E to soften and condition the lips.
 

My thoughts
 
I
adore this stuff. It’s extremely moisturising and feels so soft on my
lips. The peppermint scent and taste is really refreshing. I use it
prior to bed and then throughout the day. I stick in in my hand bag
and reapply regularly. The only issue I have is it’s staying power,
it doesn’t stay on your lips very long.
I
usually apply it over the top of my lipstick which I feel makes it
last a little longer.

My
lips are noticeably softer with no dry patches which I usually suffer
from.
 
 
Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash 100ml £12

Hydrating chicory extract, conditioning elderflower and skin-awakening lemon, leave the complexion beautifully soft and glowing.

My thoughts

This is another of my favourites. I find this really gentle and nourishing. Although my skin isn’t as sensitive as it used to be, I do sometimes find products, especially face washes and toners make my face a little store and red, this on the other hand couldn’t be more gentle if it tried. My skin feels very soft and smooth after use and the smell is great, it reminds me of Mojito’s! It has a faint lime scent and is very refreshing.

Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser 50ml £22

Specially formulated with a powerful liposome complex of vitamins A, C and E, this intensely hydrating night-time moisturiser improves skin radiance whilst you sleep. Blackcurrant seed oil and barley extract help to further refine skin texture and increase skin smoothness.

My thoughts

 
This is a light and simple moisturiser which combined with a relaxing scent is perfect for use before bed. I really like it. It’s not a heavy, sticky moisturiser, it’s light and fluffy but still makes your skin incredibly soft and smooth. I think the scent of lavender is very obvious in the moisturiser and I find it really relaxing before bed as you can smell it on your face.

Theres no stickiness or residue left with the moisturiser. It sinks into your skin very quickly and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, much different to night creams I’m previously used, that make your skin really greasy, clogging your pores.

Overall

I really  liked this range. It was light and fresh and has helped my skin no end. My skin is spot and blemish free and is much less oily. I think this range would be perfect for teenage girls just getting into skin care and would make an ideal present.

The range is slightly expensive so maybe not the most cost effective for a young girl, but something maybe her parents could help with. I think it’s probably most suited up to the age of 25, as after that a more intense moisturiser could be required.

Overall a fab range which is gentle on the skin and contains no nasty ingredients.

(PR Sample)



 
 
 







 

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Review – July Birchbox

I’m
not really one for beauty boxes. I’ve tried Betrousse previously and
although I found it quite nice I wasn’t blown away.

However,
in my emails I got a discount code for Birchbox, so
decided to give it a try.

The
box was quite nice, although again, I wasn’t blown away. It’s nice to
try some new products, but there was only really one product in the
box that I liked enough to buy again. Anyway, heres what arrived : –

 
 
 

 
Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – Full size £15
 
What they say
 
While we love to pamper ourselves with multiple products, some days we’re just too busy – so we need a little streamlining. This miracle worker will take you from several products to one. This vegan, paraben- and sulfate-free leave-in mist conditions, detangles and minimises frizz, while safeguarding colour and adding shine. As if that wasn’t enough, it also provides protection against UV rays and heat! The sweet-scented non-greasy formula is suitable for all hair types.

 
My thoughts
 
This smells delicious. It is easily sprayed onto hair and once dry my hair felt incredibly soft and manageable. It has a delicious musky, vanilla scent – I’d use this has a perfume if I could!
 

 


Blanc Cachemire Day Cream – Full size £54.95


What they say

100% natural ingredients are used in a high-tech way to provide a gentle approach to anti-ageing. The smoothing proteins found in cashmere fibres are carefully mixed with active ingredients including falun – a millennial sediment with high concentrations of calcium and silicon – at the French Laboratoire Neuroscience. These work in unison to encourage quicker cell regeneration and tighter, firmer skin. Blanc Cachemire Day Cream is lightweight, allowing for quick absorption. It also sits easily under foundation and has a lovely, slightly fruity scent.

My thoughts

I got a 15ml sample of this cream, and although it felt quite luxurious I found it less moistursing than I’d have liked and I was really put off by the scent. The scent is strange, a little like plants and a little like medicine. I really didn’t enjoy the smell on my face, as it was quite noticeable. The cream absorbed easily into my skin but didn’t have any great noticeable effects.

 

Laura Geller Beauty Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner  –
 
What they say
 

Traditionally only for the steady-handed, make-up artist to the stars Laura Geller has crafted these Black and Purple gel liner pots containing an accompanying brush – making a perfect gel flick a whole lot easier.
The Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner is made from a silicon based no-budge formula that creates a luxurious, crease-free finish.

 
My thoughts

I believe that this was available in both black and purple, but sadly I got the purple. I am impressed that it’s a full sized product though. The liner itself has great pigmentation and lasts reasonably well, but the colour just isn’t for me.

The Chia Co. Chia Shots

What they say

It’s not always easy, but it’s so important to use ingredients that benefit your health while cooking – it shows both inside and out. The humble chia seed might not look like much, but it’s the richest plant-based source of omega 2, dietary fibre and protein. They are beloved by celebs including Miranda Kerr and Gwyneth Paltrow.

My thoughts

I got one packet of these. If I’m honest I havent tried then, or even thought about trying them yet. It looks like bird seed. I’m not sure what I’d use them in, maybe if I baked cakes or something?

Weleda Skin Food

What they say

No matter the season, you can (unfortunately) count on dry skin. Thank goodness, then, for the all-natural salve that is Weleda Skin Food. Infused with organic sunflower seed oil, a protective ingredient that’s rich in fatty acids, as well as the soothing, super-nourishing extracts of calendula, chamomile, pansy, and rosemary, it has a way of sorting out even the most stubborn of dry patches—face, feet, elbows, or hands. Plus, the essential oils of sweet orange and lavender leave behind a lovely scent.

My thoughts

I got a 10ml sample of this in my Birchbox, and was really looking forward to giving it a go. I really like it, its fab for dry patches and cracked heels. It has quite an oily texture but isn’t sticky once its on the skin. It’s fab as a quick fix and can be used all over. I get dry patches on my face and a little of this does help, though applying it at night is best for me, otherwise my make up doesnt settle if this is underneath.

 
theBalm® cosmetics InStain® Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush (Swiss Dot)
 
What they say
 
This buildable formula comes in a range of skin-flattering, natural-looking hues and stands up to heat and humidity. The silky powder leaves behind a lasting stain that blends in seamlessly with your skin. Swipe on a single layer for a subtle look or carefully build up the colour for a more visible (yet still natural) hue. Plus, the cute compact has a built-in mirror for speedy, goof-free applications.
 
My thoughts
 
A little goes a very long way, but it’s just too bright for me. I am more of a highlighter or bronzer person and blusher scares me.
 
I think blusher lovers will adore this as you can intensify the colour by building up the layers. It is a great colour, but i just think I’m a little too old for blusher.
 
Overall
 
Not a bad selection of products really, and I will use some of them. I may keep on the monthly subscription for Birchbox for a couple of months, £10 plus postage isn’t too bad, even if it’s just to get a few new handbag sized bits.
 
 
(Personal Purchase)




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Review – Lush Eau Roma

What the company say

This toner is sophisticatedly simple and is intended for skins that need a little extra love and care. Dry, sensitive or mature skins will find the rose water is calming and reduces redness, whilst lavender water will soften the skin and balance sebum production. A gentle tonic for everyday use that will help hydrate the skin without causing it to overreact.

During the distillation process used to produce some essential oils, the steam used to separate the oil captures some of the properties of the plant and remains as a by-product. It is called distillate. Distillate is lovely to use on the skin – but there is not much of it and it is expensive. In this product we have tried to create that gentle therapeutic-oils-in-water effect, by making waters of rose and lavender oils in the correct concentration to benefit the skin.

We purchase our rose absolute from a family farm in Turkey. We fight over who is going to visit at harvest time each year, because it’s fascinating to see the oil being made (and who wouldn’t want a few days in rose fields under the Turkish sun!). For those who don’t get to go, we’ve filmed a glimpse of the process in our rose buying report.

Price and Stockists

This costs £3.95 for 100g bottle or £7.25 for 250g bottle, and is available from Lush in store and on their website.

Packaging

The toner come in standard Lush packaging, plain black plastic container with white text. It’s recogniseably whilst being plain and simple.

Thoughts

I really like this. As I’d said previously, I suffer from dry skin and toner is usually a no go area for me, as it stings and dries my skin out even more. Since my husband brought this home from Lush, I’ve fallen in love!

It hydrates my skin, reduces the redness around the dry bits I get round my mouth and there’s no stinging.

The toner is transparent and has a soothing floral scent. It wouldn’t be my chosen scent, as I find it a little old lady like, but it doesn’t make me feel sick or anything.

Pro’s

Great for sensitive skin
Hydrates and cleans skin without causing any stinging
Easy to use

Con’s

The smell isn’t great
A little expensive

Finally

This works well for me. It’s left not negative effects on my skin. My skin feels better and has remedied my dry patches. I was given a sample of Ultrabalm to use with this, as apparently they work well together, you use the toner to remove the Ultrabalm after cleansing, but I haven’t tried them together yet. I’ve been using this on cotton pads after washing my face, before using Body Shop Drops of Youth.

(Competition Win)

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Review – Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick – 20

What the company say
 

A new generation formula that brings shine, colour
and comfort to your lips.

An ultra-shine result, thanks to a new ¼ gloss
extract for amazing shine-wrapped colour.

The new sensuous formula gives ultimate comfort.
Enriched with nourishing mango butter extracts, Shine Edition leaves
lips moisturised for up to 10 hrs

Its rich and melting formula provides cushion
comfort and makes application addictive!

And the icing on the cake…It’s shiny, coloured
packaging makes Shine Edition lipstick a true fashion accessory.
 

 
 
Price and stockists
 
The lipstick is available in good selection of colours and costs £7.99. You can pick it up in most stores like Boots and Superdrug.
 
Packaging

 
The
lipstick is a simple twist up type with a mirrored silver lid and
coral detailing. Each colour group seems to have different coloured
detailing. The colour at the bottom of the tube matches the colour of
the product perfectly, making it easy to choose your shade. The shade
number is clearly marked on the bottom of the tube.
 

 

Thoughts

These lipsticks are
supposed to feel like lipbalm but look like a gloss. The lipsticks
are nice and glossy and the pigment of the colour is gorgeous. Shade
20 is a pretty coral pink colour, which is a perfect shade for the
summer months.

Whilst I like the
colour and the the look but I found the lipstick very drying on my
lips. After an hour or so it started to go a little dry and flakey
and settled in the lines on my lips.

I think this mixed
with a little clear lip gloss I think it would be more suitable for
me.
 
 
Pro’s
  • Gorgeous colour options
  • Great pigment
  • Reasonable price
  • Widely available
  • Cute packaging
Con’s
  • Far too drying on my lips

Finally
 
I am really disappointed
with this lipstick as it has the potential to be great. The pigments
and coverage is great, but it’s just too drying for me.

(Competition win)

 
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Review No 7 BB cream

BB Creams aren’t usually my thing. I prefer a matt foundation with good coverage as I have quite an uneven skintone, but as my skin is getting a little older I find that the more matt the foundation, the more it settles into my fine lines and looks a little cakey, so I’m always on the look out for something a little lighter, but something that still offers good coverage.

I envy the girls that don’t need foundation, or can get away with a little tinted moisturiser. I’m not one of those girls.

 
No 7’s Beautiful Skin BB Cream (£12.95) promises to even and enhance skin tone,
disguise imperfections and banish blemishes. It has SPF 15 and 5* UVA
technology to help the skin stay youthful and while this one is for Dry/Very dry
skin, there’s also one for Normal/Oily skin and Normal/Dry. It only comes in two shades though, fair or medium.
 

 

The consistency is light and blended reasonably well, though I did end up having to use a stippling brush over my cheeks, as it appeared quite streaky. The medium was a little too dark for my skin,  I’m guessing the fair would have been too light.
 

 
If I’m honest I could hardly tell I was wearing any kind of coverage on my face. Personally, I found this more suitable as a primer. I ended up applying my usual foundation over the top before setting with powder. It did give good coverage when I applied foundation, but my make up did feel quite thick.

I wouldn’t have dared go out (I wore it prior to an outside gig) without adding something to it. My skin was far from blemish free and I struggled to see enhancements to my skintone. My skin did, however look moisturised and not at all greasy, which seems to be the pattern with most BB creams that I’ve tried.

 
Personally, I won’t use this again. I have a perfectly good Mac primer that works a treat and clearly alone this BB cream is not suitable for my skin. It’s more suited to younger, more flawless skin – not that I’m bitter or anything!

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