Primer/ Corrector -Clarins - Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
charlies04 4/18/2013 11:56:00 AM
If your looking for a product that instantly smooths, evens out tone and reduces the visibility of pores then this could be a winner for you. I do think its better than any other similar products I have tried (as I am really interested in getting rid of my large pores and improving the general appearance of my skin) such as Benefit's That Gal primer, Dr. Feel Good and Porefessional and Clinique pore minimiser. But being someone who is obsessed with skincare, this product definitely feels like a 'make-up' product. It isn't that easy to rub in and I don't really like pulling at my skin in this way. In hindsight, I would rather focus on finding good toners to minimise my pores and keep my skin in better conditioner rather than simply using this product to mask it. But when masking is absolutely necessary this product is at the ready.
I'd heard good things about this brand for lip plumping so when I found this in TKmaxx for 5.99 GBP I went ahead and tried it. I hadn't tried a gloss lip plumper before and to be honest I don't think I would now be interested in trying one again. I'm not really a gloss person anyway, as I find it far too sticky, awkward for eating and kissing etc. I don't find the effect to be that great for the damage it ultimately does to your lips (see reviewer's below explanation). This isn't for long term use. As a skincare fanatic I think I'll just stick to what is good for my lips.
I picked this up in TKMaxx for a 5.99 GBP, the RRP is 18.50 GBP. I'm really crazy about anything that plumps my lips so I had thought about trying this product for a good while. I've been wanting specifically a 'lip serum' in the hope that it would provide good skincare for my lips. Unfortunately, I have since realised that this product is not 'skincare' its actually really quite bad for your lips, as explained by the reviewer below. Feel rather disappointed with this, after such hype. I much prefer Dr.Brandts Lineless Lips lip plumper, which acts as a lip balm and does provide reasonable care for your lips. This product is just a disappointment - even at 5.99 GBP I feel gutted.
Treatments (Eye) -Superdrug - VitaMin Gentle Eye Cream With SPF 15
charlies04 4/4/2013 3:36:00 PM
HG material. I have been spending generously these past two years on expensive eye creams from expensive brands without releasing this product, I bought years ago, sat isolated in the bottom of my room, was all I ever needed. It contains vitamin E (tick), SPF 15 (tick), helps reduce appearance of fine lines (tick), reduces puffiness (tick) and dark circles (tick), good value for money (tick). And it works! Wish they still sold this product.
Lip Treatments -La Prairie - La Prairie - Cellular Lip Treatment SPF 15
charlies04 3/29/2013 9:17:00 AM
I was put off by the not so positive reviews. But since having taken the plunge and bought this product (without trying it first - I've never seen this out on show at a La Prairie counter) I was really impressed. 'Luxe' definitely fits the bill of this product. Having already tried the two other La Prairie lip product (lip line renewal, lip line plumper) I was expecting just a plastic tube but when I opened the box to a heavy tube container held in a luxury blue velvet cast I was so happy! And what was an even better surprise was that this super hydrated my lips and on the first time of use I could instantly feel it intensely working and even plumping my lips. This product also contains SPF 15. I use it twice a day and it does a really good job of keeping my lips in GREAT condition. I also really like the fact that I don't have to get my finges messy or struggle to unscrew a stiff lid. I have used quite a few high-end lip products now (please see my other reviews) and I have to say this is the most glamorous by a mile. The only negative about this product is that it spends fast, I could get through one of these in three months.
I have very fine, long and limp hair. I was wanting to achieve the voluminous baywatch beach blonde look with this product, and I was pleased that this product gave me instant volume and I do like the overall look. The only downsides for me is the damaging of my already brittle bleached blonde hair......this product definitely doesn't do anything to help the condition of my hair. The price is expensive (I ordered it online and I was shocked at how little the 125ml bottle was-even with £5 off the RRP) but I do feel this is a trust worthy product that gives results.
I'm not actually crazy about this product. The one thing I really do like about it is the fact it stopped my skin from feeling itchy (which a lot of cream don't) however I find this cream can make my skin feel painfully sore instead. It does tone down the redness but leaves my skin feeling flaky and dried out. The white cast of the cream does get onto my clothing if i'm not careful. I would describe this product as average rather than anything truely amazing but never the less worth a try for the price.
I had thought about getting this for a while (in fact, ever since it came out) and I am so glad I finally took the plunge and bought it! As I'm getting more deeper into my twenties I feel I need to be wearing more sophicated and subtle colour on my face. This is the perfect blush for my fair and pale complexion. The brush applicator allows you to layer the blush so you can do very light high-light effect application or with a few more strokes you can build-up to glowing rosey cheeks. It makes my pale complexion look healthy and glowing. The mineral based, talc-free formula has very tiny shimmer in it so it gives a luminious glow without making your face look like a disco ball (I was considering buying Nars' Angelika before I found out how much glitter it left on my face). At £48 GBP this is a rather expensive blush but if you want one you can rely on for all occasions this could be it! I would advise this for ladies with a similar complexion to mine (fair, cool). I tried this out on my mum who has olive toned skin and it looked too pink on her. Hoping they might expand the range as I think this is a really good blush. Think this may be limited edition-but hope not, because I wouldn't want to run out of it!
This is my all time life saving product! I have battled with acne on my face for the past year, working in office air, and this product has really cleared it up. I was given benzoyl peroxide by the doctor but it doesn't not have anywhere near the power of tea tree oil. I only came across this product by chance, at a sale, and I wish some one had mentioned it to me a year ago!!! The healing powers of this product should be known to everyone and even taught in school! I use very high-end products (La Prairie, Creme De La Mer and Sisley), this product is worth a lot more to me than any of them. The little bottle will last me for a good two-three years. Totally worth it.
I was really impressed with the application and pigmentation of this pale champagne pink lipstick. It applies so nicely and even though its like gloss its staying power is really good. I like the fact this is a very neutral pink as I find pretty much all of MACs pale pinks really orange on me.....so this one was rather refreshing. But that said, I would still prefer this lipstick to be more blue toned sos not to wash me out so much. This is a white toned pink, which I can image suiting anyone who can wear whitish pale pinks. Unfortunately, this isn't quite me.....but i wish it was because I do love this lipstick!
If i hadn't had known this was repeatly the Instyle magazine 100 best buys lip balm catergory winner, when trying it out at the counter, I probably would have walked away and never looked at it again. On first usage this just feels like a very dense and sticky lip balm with nothing particularly glamourous or special about it. Having bought this product and used it for a good few weeks I can definitley say my opinion has changed. I have big lips anyway but, I have also noticed that using this lip balm they have become very well defined and nicely plumped (kind of what I wanted the La Prairie Lip Renewal Concentrate and their Lip Line Plumper to do). My lips have started to feel centre stage using this product, to the extent that I use far less eye make-up to avoid looking just 'lips and eyes', hehe. My lips really do feel hydrated using this product, but just in a different way to Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream and La Mer's Lip Balm, my lips feel less smooth with the feeling of peeling skin on the surface where as Elizabeth Arden's really does completely smooth my lips. They all work well as further as I am concerned, but the thick texture of this balm is really starting to growing on me.....this makes Eight Hour Protectant seem very watery and runny now! The only thing I feel this product is lacking for its £41 price tag is that luxurious feel on application.....for the price, it would be nice to have that feeling. At the moment I find La Mer's Lip Balm to be the most luxurious to put on. Fortunately, I only paid £27ish for this (from a reputable high street department store) which makes this product much more acceptable. I can image if I'd paid £41 then I would expect more and possibly feel a bit disappointed with this product in ways. That said, having tried pretty much most of the expensive, similar priced and highly rated lip products on the market I would actually buy this one again and pay £41 for it (if I had to).
Its good to see lots of 'sensitive' skin types use this, thats always a good sign! Its true, these are great wipes, I can't believe its taken me till now to try them. I've been shalling out on expensive skincare for years (La Prairie, Chanel, Shu Uemura etc) and completely ignored the hype around this brands cleansing ability. This leaves my skin feeling super soft, totally clean and refreshed. I love wipes containing Vitamin goodness- I can see the difference between them and just normal cleansing wipes in the freshness of my skin. I find these ones very hydrating and far less drying than MAC's wipes (which I also like). The only Con about this product, for me, is that I really can't use them as a eye make-up remover-maybe I wear a aweful lot of eye make-up but it took a lot of rubbing to get only half of it off. I ended-up having to use my Shu Uemura cleansing oil (as usual) to remove every last trace of mascara from my lashes. When it comes to eye make-up removal, cleansing oil still can't be beat! Thats the only reason I have not given this product the full five.
Pros: (1) This really does instantly soften and plump the appearance of skin. (2) The light scent is pleasant. Cons: (1) This is for 'normal' skin types but is really not mositurizering enough, especially not for winter. (2) Slight discomfort and irritation on my skin. (3) Wearing this, my face feels packed with intense ingredients that doesn't feel natural and gives my skin a bit of a headache.
I'm really impressed with this body treatment cream. I thought the texture was a bit weird, at first, because its quite crumbly but after rubbing it into extremely chapped and dry skin it worked wonders! I would not use this as an everyday all over body moisturizer but I would use this as a saviour for eczema and very chapped skin.
I'm surprised this product has such low ratings! I'm actually quite happy with this product, i've been suffering with cuts, broken skin and rashes on my hands just recently (more than usual) so I've been putting on lots of different creams to try to soothe them but nothing felt comfortable until I tried this! The skin on my hands felt instantly softened and relaxed, like they had been given a spa break. The irritation of the rash had ceased too. So for me, this worked! I haven't noticed any unpleasant smell either. Elizabeth Arden's eight hour creams are a great winter SOS for me.