Moisturizers -Boots - Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Gel Cream
lauraeve 8/21/2012 5:25:00 AM
This cream is from the newly rebranded Botanics skincare range. I believe it is a replacement for the sensitive oil free moisturiser, which I am sad is no longer available as I really did love that. However I am fairly pleased with this moisturiser- it definitely helps to mattify my skin and lasts all day. The texture is quite gloopy, being a gel, but it is very light and absorbs quickly. However I do find that if I rub too much then it rolls up and can leave little flakes, but if applied properly it's fine. I think it works by leaving a sort of film on the skin so don't work it in too much. I was also very happy with the price-£3 odd- as it was on offer for a third off. It's still reasonable at full price. The pot is pretty big so I reckon it will last me a long time also.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone-Restoring Shampoo
lauraeve 8/21/2012 5:08:00 AM
Hmm I'm not sure if this actually does anything for the brassiness :/ I also find it quite drying and I have to load on conditioner afterwards. It lathers well I'll give it that but I'm not overly impressed, especially as it's fairly expensive. Very standard.
I love this and am on my third bottle I think. It doesn't sting my eyes and is very effective and gentle. I don't have to spend ages rubbing around my eyes making them sore! It does leave a slight oily residue but that's not a problem as I always cleanse properly afterwards. Another plus is that it's very cheap, I can often find it in Savers, Bodycare and other bargain beauty places! Great product :)
Moisturizers -Superdrug - Simply Pure SPF15 Face Cream
lauraeve 8/21/2012 4:53:00 AM
I'm not really keen on this. I find it very heavy (as I do with most creams with SPF in general) and leaves me looking incredibly shiny. It just never seems to sink it and I can't stand the sticky feeling it leaves. I don't often reach for this and I will not buy it again once, or if I ever, use it up!
Moisturizers -Superdrug - Simply Pure Light Moisturiser Sensitive Skin
lauraeve 8/21/2012 4:34:00 AM
Whilst I'm not completely in love with this I do like it. I use it on days when my skin is feeling a little drier than usual and it does the job - it's just a standard light moisturiser. It doesn't irritate my skin and is cheap so can't complain really!
Blush -Superdrug - MUA (Make Up Academy) Blush Shade 1
lauraeve 8/21/2012 4:29:00 AM
You really can't fault this blush for the price. It's a lovely fresh pretty pink shade with a hint of shimmer. It does get a bit dusty in the pan but that might be the brush I'm using! Either way I'm really not that bothered, it's such an easy colour to wear and great to have in my collection.
Toners -Garnier - Sensitive Soothing Senseation Toner
lauraeve 8/21/2012 4:17:00 AM
I love this toner and have bought it many times now. It's pretty easy to find and it's often on offer or available for a really good price. Think my current bottle was only £1.99. I find it very soothing and it helps to lightly hydrate my rather oily skin without it being overloaded. All in all a great cheap gentle toner that doesn't strip the skin.
I got this whilst it was on offer as my skin was playing up and I was getting quite a few breakouts. I wanted something fairly strong and this definitely is - for this reason I can't use it every day or I dread to think what my skin would look like, would probably be a peeling, dry mess. I also hardly ever use it on my entire face, I just use it on my spotty areas-currently my chin! I'm not actually sure if this is working or not but I haven't been using it for very long. In any case it doesn't provide instant results! I think if you have really oily skin then this might be ok, but even then I would go easy on it.
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
lauraeve 8/17/2012 4:55:00 PM
I really like this BB cream and I think it's the best one I've tried so far. It's less heavy than my Garnier and 17 ones and just seems to suit my rather oily skin better. I was worried that even the light shade would be too orange but it's not at all and looks really natural. It's also easy to blend and offers sheer but decent coverage. I set this with some powder and it lasts a good few hours before I have to powder again. I've only used sample sachets so far but I'm definately going to be buying the full sized version.
I really do like this product. It has a gorgeous smell and the texture is lovely- not too thick or thin. However, when my hands get really bad and they split and bleed, this really isn't suitable for them due to it being highly scented. Makes them sting quite bad. However when they aren't too bad it is a good cream. I do find it expensive though at £5 so once I've finished it i'll be looking for something cheaper.
I got this as part of the 'Big Splendour' gift set so as part of that it was excellent value for money however I would not have normally bought it as it's fairly pricey for just a cleanser. Overall I think it's an OK cleanser-it does the job but it's nothing special. It has a refreshing smell and lathers up well but the exfoliating beads do next to nothing and if I use too much my skin can feel very tight. I always have to use moisturiser after using this. I like to use foaming cleansers in the shower, usually in the morning, and I do feel I can buy something much cheaper that does the job just as well. Don't think i'll be repurchasing this.
Moisturizers -La Roche Posay - Effaclar H Compensating Sothing Moisturizer
lauraeve 9/13/2011 4:28:00 PM
I used this after my skin was feeling tight after washing it with a face wash to help with my breakouts and I'm sure if you have really dry, flaky skin this would be great but for me it felt really heavy and left my skin looking and feeling greasy all day. I couldn't wait to wash my face- looked so shiny! Much prefer the Effaclar K lotion or the mattifying one.
I first saw Clinique Even Better featured in a mag, and they were full of praises for it so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm a serial foundation buyer, always on the quest for that perfect formula, so I had high hopes for this foundation which sounded wonderful in the magazine review and just what I was after. I'm very pale so I chose the palest shade - 01 Alabaster. It proved to be a very good match for me, the best I've had! The consistency was very smooth and not too thick - Easy to move around with my fingers (I rarely use a brush). I found it to be very blendable and gave me a near flawless finish. This product gave good coverage and was very easy to build up - never looking too cakey or heavy. It evened out my skin like promised and got rid of any redness. It managed to stay put all day without sliding off my face come lunch time like previous foundations. I found that it looked better as the day wore on, as my skin got oiler and it blended in more (though without melting off completely!). It even survived the london tube and that's saying something! The fact it has SPF 15 is another plus. Removal was also very easy, so no problems there. As for packaging the squeezy bottle was simple to use and kept everything mess-free. All in all very impressed!
Bit dissapointing really. Not as minty as I thought it would be. Actually I really struggled to detect any mint smell! Also was hard to lather at first. Wouldnt buy again, Lush has some much nicer soaps
Lip Treatments -LUSH - Lip Balm - Let Them Eat Cake (LE)
lauraeve 3/29/2009 11:37:00 AM
VILE!! I was really looking forward to trying this balm but it was such a dissapointment. Tasted and smelt disgusting and felt very oily. Blah, such a waste !